Founder and Chairman
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, industrial services, and food and agriculture. From June 2013 through January 2017, Pritzker served as United States Secretary of Commerce in the Obama administration. Pritzker was a core member of President Barack Obama’s economic team and served as the country’s chief commercial advocate, leading the administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts and creating the first ever skilled workforce initiative at the department. She also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Currently, Pritzker is chairman 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 B.A. in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and M.B.A. from Stanford University.