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Penny Pritzker

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Penny Pritzker 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.

Penny earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and J.D. and MBA degrees from Stanford University.