Penny Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries. Pritzker is the Founder and Chairman of PSP Partners, a global private investment firm that takes a long-term, fundamental approach to investing in and building market-leading businesses in sectors such as professional services, real estate, technology, agriculture, industrial services, and consumer products.
From June 2013 through January 2017, Pritzker served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. Pritzker was a core member of President Obama’s economic team and served as the country’s chief commercial advocate, leading the Administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts. She also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Currently, Pritzker is a member of the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the board of Microsoft, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, a member of the board of the Obama Foundation, a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, a member of the board of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, and on the advisory council of The Hamilton Project.
Pritzker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Master’s of Business Administration from Stanford University.