Penny Hillemann

Photo of Penny Hillemann. She has wavy red hair, wears glasses, and is wearing a blue top and teal sweater with a turquoise necklace.
Executive Director

Penny Hillemann is Executive Director of Rice County Area United Way. She joined Northfield Area United Way as Executive Director in May 2017. 

Previously she was a Vice President and Senior Communications Counselor with Neuger Communications Group in Northfield, where she worked with many of the firm’s nonprofit clients.

A Northfield resident since 1990, Penny has raised her three children here and has been active in the community. She was previously a longtime member of the boards of Just Food Co-op, River Bend Nature Center and Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI). She has also served on the board at Nerstrand Elementary School, a K-5 charter school that at one time was part of Faribault Public Schools.

Penny has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brown University.