Penny Pritzker is a civic and business leader. An active investor, Ms. Pritzker is founder, chairman and CEO of PSP Capital Partners and its affiliate, Pritzker Realty Group (PRG), as well as chairman and co-founder of Artemis Real Estate Partners.
PSP Capital Partners, headquartered in Chicago, is a private, family owned firm that invests in dynamic businesses and with funds managers worldwide to create long term value. Pritzker Realty Group, an operator of and investor in commercial properties, is focused on a broad range of direct equity and debt investments in real estate assets, portfolios and joint ventures. Artemis Real Estate Partners, located in the Washington D.C. area, is a real estate investment company that manages institutional capital to generate attractive, risk-adjusted returns.
With more than 25 years of experience in the real estate, hospitality, senior living, financial services and private equity industries, Ms. Pritzker previously developed such diverse companies as Vi (formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt), a leader in luxury living for older adults, The Parking Spot, a large U.S. network of off-site airport parking facilities, and Centergate Residential, a vertically-integrated, multifamily development, investment and management company.
President Obama appointed Ms. Pritzker to the President's Council for Jobs and Competitiveness which advises the Administration on economic growth and job creation. Ms. Pritzker previously served on the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She was National Co-chair of Obama for America 2012 and was National Finance Chair of the 2008 Barack Obama for President campaign.
She serves on the board of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. She's a former board member of the Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company, Marmon Group and LaSalle Bank Corporation. She's past chairman of TransUnion, a global financial services information company.
Much of Ms. Pritzker's civic work focuses on public education. She's advisory board chairman of Skills for America's Future, The Aspen Institute. SAF is a national initiative that brings together businesses, community colleges and others to prepare workers for 21st century jobs. In 2012, she helped launch Skills for Chicagoland's Future, the first city model of SAF. She's past chair of the Chicago Public Education Fund, the first venture philanthropy to raise private equity to invest in public schools. She and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert, through The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, fund innovative initiatives to improve public education and strengthen school leadership. As well, she serves on the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Ms. Pritzker is a board member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of The Economic Club of Chicago. She serves as trustee of Stanford University and of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She's a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She's an advisory board member of Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project, a former chairman of the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and a former member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers.
Ms. Pritzker earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University.