Penny Pritzker

MBA/JD ’85

Penny Pritzker served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

As a key member of President Obama’s economic team, Secretary Pritzker worked to transform the Department of Commerce into a true Department of Business. During her tenure, the Department expanded trade and investment, opened global markets to American products, unleashed government data to drive growth, spurred innovation with new digital tools, promoted entrepreneurship, expanded skills training and workforce development, served as the President’s point person on entrepreneurship and helped communities prepare for and prosper in a changing global environment.

Before joining the Obama Administration, Secretary Pritzker spent 27 years in the private sector and is a seasoned entrepreneur who built, managed or created more than 50 companies. She now serves as Chairman of PSP Capital Partners, a company she founded prior to her government service, which develops companies in diverse sectors such as luxury living for older adults, off-site airport parking and financial information services.

Secretary Pritzker earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and JD/MBA degrees from Stanford University. She and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert, have two children.


Last Updated 28 Feb 2017