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Penny Pritzker      

Businesswoman, Entrepreneur & Civic Leader; Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Penny Pritzker is founder and chairman of global private investment firm PSP Capital Partners. She served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce from June 26, 2013 to January 20, 2017. As Secretary of Commerce, she was focused on providing American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and hire.

Secretary Pritzker was a key member of President Obama’s economic team, with 27 years of private sector experience. After taking office, she worked closely with the business community and helped advance the President’s priorities of expanding growth and opportunity for all Americans. Guided by conversations with more than 2,100 CEOs and business leaders, Secretary Pritzker developed the “Open for Business Agenda.” This bold strategic plan and policy blueprint for the Commerce Department is comprised of five pillars that guide the diverse activities of our 12 bureaus: trade and investment, innovation, environment, data, and operational excellence. While this was Secretary Pritzker’s first government position, public service has been her lifelong passion. She was honored as the inaugural recipient of the “Commercial Diplomat of the Year Award” at the 2015 Foreign Policy Diplomat of the Year Dinner. In 2012, Secretary Pritzker received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, an honor given to individuals who have served with distinction in public life and have shown a special commitment to seeking out informed opinions and thoughtful views.

Before joining the Administration, Secretary Pritzker founded and served as advisory board chairman of Skills for America's Future, a national initiative that works directly with employers to develop training mechanisms to prepare workers with in-demand skills. In 2012, she also helped launch Skills for Chicagoland's Future, the first city model of Skills for America's Future. Secretary Pritzker is past chair of the Chicago Public Education Fund and a former member of the Chicago Board of Education. In recognition of her commitment to education and skills development, Secretary Pritzker in 2014 received the Harry S. Truman award from the American Association of Community Colleges.

Pritzker is a board member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Microsoft, the Obama Foundation, and University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. She’s also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Economic Strategy Group, a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation, and advisory council member of The Hamilton Project.


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