Penny Pritzker has served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce since being sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on June 26, 2013.
Since taking office, she has worked closely with the business community and helped advance the President’s priorities of expanding growth and opportunity for all Americans. As the country’s chief commercial advocate, Secretary Pritzker leads the Administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts.
In addition to traditional Commerce priorities like trade and manufacturing, Secretary Pritzker has expanded the Department’s focus to include, for the first time, skills and workforce development.
Before joining the Administration, Secretary Pritzker founded and served as advisory board chairman of Skills for America's Future. Secretary Pritzker founded and ran five different businesses in the real estate, hospitality, senior living, and financial services industries. She has also served on the boards of a number of major corporations, such as Hyatt Hotels, LaSalle National Bank, the William Wrigley Company, and was non-executive Chairman of TransUnion.
While this is Secretary Pritzker’s first government position, public service has been her lifelong passion. She was recently honored as the inaugural recipient of the “Commercial Diplomat of the Year Award” at the 2015 Foreign Policy Diplomat of the Year Dinner.
Secretary Pritzker earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University.