Penny Pritzker

Founder and Chairman

PSP Partners

PENNY PRITZKER is an entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries. Ms. Pritzker is the Founder and Chairman of PSP Partners and its affiliates, Pritzker Realty Group, PSP Capital, and PSP Growth, which take a long-term, fundamental approach to investing in and building market leading businesses in sectors such as business & technology services, housing, and advanced industrials.  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.

Ms. Pritzker founded Vi Senior Living (formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt), and co-founded The Parking Spot, Artemis Real Estate Partners, and Inspired Capital. Ms. Pritzker is the former chairman of the board of TransUnion and is a past board member of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Marmon Group, and LaSalle Bank Corporation. Ms. Pritzker is also a member of the boards of Microsoft and Icertis, chairman of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Harvard Corporation, Aspen Strategy Group and the Aspen Economic Strategy Group, and a co-chair of the Cyber Readiness Institute. Ms. Pritzker was formerly a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Stanford University, the Harvard University Board of Overseers and founded Skills for America’s Future.

Ms. Pritzker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Stanford.