Meet Penny Keough, Events Director, El Gaucho Portland

Penny Keough brings the warmth and sunny outlook of her native Kauai to her new role as event director at El Gaucho Portland. She joined the El Gaucho Portland team in July of 2014 when she moved to the mainland to study economics at Portland State University. She was looking for a flexible job close to school and found that the guest services industry became her calling. She served as the assistant event director and also worked in the evenings as an expeditor and hostess. Her hard work and optimistic attitude led to her promotion to event director in October 2019.

While she often travels back to Kauai to see her family, she says that she is glad that she moved to Portland for the educational and professional opportunities. Penny is part of a large, tight knit family with eight siblings. She enjoys hiking, swimming, playing volleyball and spending time with her family. She is learning to fly-fish which is helpful for a seafood lover like Penny.

Count on Penny’s welcoming spirit and attention to detail when planning your next event at El Gaucho Portland.


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