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Penny Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience as a business builder and entrepreneur in numerous industries. Pritzker is the founder and chairman of PSP Capital and its affiliate Pritzker Realty Group.
From June 2013 through January 2017, she served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce. 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. During her tenure, she developed the agency’s first comprehensive digital and data agenda, chaired the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) program, and served as the administration’s point person on manufacturing.
Pritzker joined the Microsoft board of directors in November 2017. She is also a member of the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, a member of the board of the Obama Foundation, and is on the advisory council of The Hamilton Project. Pritzker is also co-chairing a task force for the Council on Foreign Relations on the future of the U.S. workforce and is a co-chair of the new Cyber Readiness Institute. Pritzker and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert, also co-founded the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation that works to foster increased economic opportunity for Chicago’s families.
Pritzker earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a juris doctor and an MBA from Stanford University.