About David and Lyn Silfen

David and Lyn Silfen

David Silfen, C'66, a Penn Trustee since 1998 until his passing in 2015, was the Chairman of Mayfair Management/Silfen Investment Partners LP and a Senior Director of The Goldman Sachs Group. At Penn, David served as Vice Chair of the Board and was on the Trustee Executive, Budget and Finance, Nominating and Development Committees, and was a former member of the Investment Board. He was also the Chair for the Board of Overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Married for 44 years, David and his wife Lyn’s two children are both Penn alums: Jane Silfen, C'07, and Adam Silfen, C'98, WG'03. As longtime supporters of undergraduate education, in addition to the Silfen University Forum, David and Lyn previously funded two Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) University Professorships, the Silfen Student Study Center, a term professorship, and the David and Lyn Silfen Fund to support educational innovation in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Previous Silfen Forum panel discussions have focused on the topics “From Idea to Innovation: The Impactful University” and “Open Learning and the Future of Higher Education.” More information regarding these discussions can be viewed on the Archive and Webcast pages.

David and Lyn Silfen