Penny Rubow is director of the Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN), the state’s premier interoperable, digital, wireless radio communication system that supports the emergency response efforts of more than 30,000 first responders and public safety users. AWIN received a Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government, in the category of Information Communications Technology Innovations, from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
Penny is also coordinator of the Arkansas Interoperable Communications Committee formed to address the challenges facing interdisciplinary communications across multiple jurisdictions. The committee institutes collaborative leadership among law enforcement, fire departments, state agencies, and cities and counties in order to enhance the state’s interoperable communications capabilities.
Penny is a member of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators, SAFECOM Emergency Response Council, Association of Public Safety Officials Spectrum Management Committee, and the National Public Safety Communications Council Public Safety Grade Task Group.
Penny holds certifications in continuity of operations planning from the Disaster Recovery Institute and project management from the Project Management Institute. Penny holds a B.A. in Management from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.