Jennifer N. Pritzker
Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired)
President and CEO, TAWANI Enterprises, Inc.
Founder and President, TAWANI Foundation & Pritzker Military Foundation
Founder and Chair, Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Chairwoman of the Board, Squadron Capital, LLC

Col. Jennifer Pritzker is guided by her core beliefs that it is important to build inherent value in any business entity one owns. A retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army, esteemed historian, business person and investor, developer and philanthropist, Pritzker is committed to each endeavor she engages in.

Her projects place great value into history as a way of preserving collective and individual identity. As an investor and philanthropist with an emphasis on communities, she is passionate about restoration, preservation, and property management, and understands it requires serious commitment and resources. Developments are pursued with primary themes of sustainability and protecting the environment. With access to capital and dedicated to successful undertakings, Pritzker is able to create wealth, uplift communities, modernize neighborhoods, improve the quality of life, and make an impact in a positive way. Col. Pritzker’s projects are known for their architectural excellence, exceptional craftsmanship, and relevance. Her military background and devotion to service provides a foundation for her organization’s projects and initiatives, with focus on performance standards and demonstrating a respect for each person.

Jennifer Pritzker‘s military career began with an enlistment in the U.S. Army as a private in 1974 serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. She rose to the rank of sergeant during her tour ending in 1977. Earning a B.A. in History and a U.S. Army commission as 2nd Lieutenant in 1979, she went on to serve on active duty until 1985, rising to the rank of captain serving with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY and VII CORPS in the Federal Republic of Germany. She then served in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Illinois Army National Guard until her retirement in March 2001.
She retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel and an honorary promotion to full colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard. She served in a variety of staff and command positions with training deployments to Panama, Alaska in the winter, and Poland. As a 1st Lieutenant with the 101st Airborne Division, she helped convert a World War II era PX (post exchange) wood building to an indoor anti-tank missile training range as Commandant of the 101st Airborne Division Antiarmor School. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Antarctica Service Medal and the State of Louisiana Legion of Merit. She also holds the U.S Army Parachute Badge and Air Assault Badge as well as parachute badges of Israel, Russia, Canada, Holland, United Kingdom, and Poland. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

In addition to business activities and a military career, Pritzker is extensively involved in philanthropic work, currently serving on the boards of the USO of Illinois, the National Strategy Forum, the Pritzker Military Library, the TAWANI Foundation, Squadron Holdings LLC, and the Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality Medical School of the University of Minnesota. Pritzker is Trustee Emeritus of Norwich University and former director of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, the Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society, and the Planetary Studies Foundation. Pritzker has participated in four expeditions to Antarctica and the South Pole between 2000 and 2008. Participants in these expeditions have included astronauts Dr. Owen Garriot and Captain James Lovell, and the first Austrian female to visit the South Pole, Dr. Birgit Sattler. Pritzker is the 2005 recipient of the City of Chicago’s John A. Logan Patriot Award and Honorary Doctorate of Military Science from Norwich University.