|Kenya Mann Faulkner|
“Kenya is more than a gifted attorney and a distinguished leader, she is a change agent with a proven record of making the people and processes around her better,” Ono said. “That we can recruit a national leader of her caliber only reaffirms UC’s upward trajectory.”
On Jan. 18 2011, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett appointed Faulkner to serve as the Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As Inspector General, she oversaw an agency of 244 employees and was tasked with preventing, investigating and eradicating fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct in all executive agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction.
“As Inspector General, Kenya’s mission was to ensure integrity, accountability and confidence in public programs, employees and contracts. She has worked diligently to exceed that goal,’’ Corbett said. “Kenya has been aggressive in preserving the independence of the Office of Inspector General and protecting the citizens of this state from fraud, waste and abuse in state government."
Prior to her appointment as Inspector General, Faulkner was a partner at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia. At Ballard, she conducted complex internal investigations for governmental agencies and nonprofit companies and was also a member of the white collar litigation practice group. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Faulkner was also a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force Section. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, she spent six years as a Philadelphia public defender.
In 2007, Faulkner was appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to the Philadelphia Independent Board of Ethics. She is the recipient of the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Protecting Children Internationally (2007), the Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team (2010) and was selected as one of the Diverse Attorneys of the Year by the Legal Intelligencer (2011). Kenya has more than twenty years of complex trial experience.
Faulkner has taught at Temple University Law School, West Chester University and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and English from Niagara University and her juris doctor from the State University of New York, University of Buffalo Law School.