Pritzker has chaired the Aspen Institute Leadership Committee for the past twelve years and is currently Executive Chair of the Community Food Navigator
Contact: Ben Berliner
The Aspen Institute
Aspen, CO, August 15, 2022 — Following a unanimous vote on Saturday, August 13, the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees announced that Margot Pritzker has been elected Chair for a three-year term. Pritzker, who has served as Chair of the Aspen Institute Leadership Committee since 2009, succeeds James S. Crown, who steps down having served two three-year terms.
“It is my great honor to have been elected by my colleagues on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees as their new Chair,” said Margot Pritzker. “The last six years of Jim Crown’s thoughtful and gracious leadership sets the stage for the continued strength and impact that the Aspen Institute will provide our global society, and we owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude. I am excited to partner with President and CEO Dan Porterfield and our dedicated board and staff driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world.”
Pritzker has chaired a number of organizations. Most recently, she is the Executive Chair of the Community Food Navigator, a co-designed digital platform targeting the food ecosystem in Chicago. She was elected to the Aspen Institute Board in 2004 and has served in a number of leadership roles including chairing the Leadership Committee for the past twelve years and serving on the Executive Committee. Pritzker is also active in many parts of the Institute, including serving as a seminar moderator and as an advisor to and supporter of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
“For many years Margot Pritzker has been an impactful leader, supporter, and advocate for the Aspen Institute,” said Dan Porterfield. “She deeply understands the range of our programs and methods for driving social impact and has been an extraordinary hands-on participant in many of our leadership programs. We are excited for this next chapter in her leadership in support of our mission.”
Outgoing Chair Crown led the Aspen Institute through a number of pivotal transitions that have not only sustained, but strengthened the organization’s ability to drive impact for people and communities around the world. Under his leadership, the Institute appointed Dan Porterfield as President and CEO and moved to its current Washington, DC, headquarters. Signature new initiatives, public programs, and partnerships were launched, including the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy, Aspen Ideas: Climate, and the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies, as well as new fellowship programs and the continued expansion of the Institute’s network of International Partners. He will remain on the Aspen Institute’s board and will chair the Trustee Affairs Committee.
“It has been my great privilege to chair the Board of Trustees of this extraordinary institution,” said Crown. “Thank you to my fellow trustees for entrusting me with this responsibility, and to all at the Institute for their commitment to our mission to drive change toward a free, just, and equitable society. Margot Pritzker will be an outstanding chair and is the right leader at the right time as we work to make even deeper impacts that will serve society for generations to come.”
The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.