Margot L. Pritzker

Margot L. Pritzker

Aspen Institute Trustee , President and Founder,

Margot Pritzker is the Founder of WomenOnCall, a volunteer match organization with a national membership, providing women and non-profits with an online meeting place to forge productive and efficient skills-based volunteer connections.  WomenOnCall just completed a successful merger with Chicago Cares becoming a program called Skills for Good.

Pritzker is chair of the Zohar Education Project Incorporated, established in 1995 to translate the Zohar, the mystical canon of Judaism, into English. This 20-year, 12-volume project was completed in 2017.

Margot is involved in a number of initiatives that affect women and children throughout the world. She has overseen the initiation and progress of schools in remote areas of the Himalayas and Afghanistan. Furthering cultivation of leadership amongst young people led to her involvement with Ashesi University in Ghana. As a Trustee of the Aspen Institute, Pritzker participates in leadership development throughout the world, and chairs the Leadership Initiative Committee. Pritzker is a seminar moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a member of the Advisory Board of America Abroad Media, she continues her involvement in international issues.

Margot chairs the University of Chicago Urban Labs Advisory Council. Part of the Urban Footprint of the University of Chicago, UChicago Urban Labs’ mission is to use science in service of cities in five critical areas of Crime, Education, Poverty, Health, and Energy & the Environment. She is a member of the University of Chicago Charter School Advisory Council and served as chair 2011 to 2015.

Born in England, Margot came to the U.S in 1976 and became a United States citizen in 1994. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband, Thomas J. Pritzker. They have three sons and three grandchildren. Their extensive travel and knowledge of South Asia has resulted in one of the foremost collections of South Asian art. Margot holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.

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