Originally from Washington, D.C., Penelope first worked in the high-profile world of entertainment for over ten years. After her role in public relations at the American Film Institute at the Kennedy Center, she was business manager at a noted talent agency in NYC where she negotiated contracts, and prior to that, interpreted the working code at Screen Actors Guild for actors and producers. This initial career move made complete sense, as her upbringing was steeped in fine arts. After all, Penelope's grandfather was a National Living Treasure of Japan for woodblock printing, and her father was a screenwriter who mentored under director John Ford, as well as a writer/editor with NASA developing projects for the Apollo space program.
In 1989, Penelope redirected her artistic sensibilities and turned her deep love of buildings, design and architecture into a new career in commercial real estate, running a successful midtown executive suite called Corporate Executive Offices. She also handled all facets of sales and marketing for Executive Systems International as executive director. She worked with The Lawrence Group, LLC and as a tenant broker, moved a wide variety of tenants ranging from creative companies to law firms into office and loft space from 65th Street to the Battery. As a landlord's agent, she handled buildings in Soho and the Flatiron district.
Visiting Shelter Island for the first time in 1995, Penelope immediately fell in love with its simplicity and tranquility, and bought a house there. Two years later she began selling residential real estate there, and after the events of 9/11 moved out East full time. She has since enjoyed status not only as Rookie of the Year, but as a top producer every year for her exceptional service and results. Penelope also handled two transactions that were each the highest sale on Shelter Island in its history.
Committed to her work, Penelope is a member of New York State Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and Women's Council of Realtors. She is just as involved in her community as an active supporter of The Shelter Island Historical Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Shelter Island Society of Friends, Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), East End Hospice, Kent Animal Shelter, Shelter Island Ambulance Squad, Shelter Island College Assistance Fund, Shelter Island Educational Foundation, Shelter Island Fire Department, Shelter Island Library Association, Shelter Island Police Benevolent Association, Shelter Island Public School Annual Scholarship, St. Gabriel's Retreat and The Wildlife Rescue Fund. Penelope's outside interests include old movies, architecture, interior design, boating, American history, collecting vintage dinnerware, old Shelter Island ephemera, raising three dogs, and appreciating the East End's incredible natural beauty.
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