In 2004, Chris founded Cleversafe which became the largest and most strategic object storage vendor in the world (according to IDC).
Chris raised over $100M, and led the company to a $1.4B exit in 2015 when IBM acquired them. The technology he started generated over 1,000 patents granted or filed, creating one of the ten most powerful patent portfolios in the world. Prior to Cleversafe, Chris was the Founder and CEO of startups MusicNow and Cruise Technologies, and led product strategy for Zenith Data Systems. He started his career at Martin Marietta, and holds a mechanical engineering degree from MIT.
The Honorable Penny Pritzker. Founder and Chairman of PSP Partners and 38th Secretary of Commerce. Penny is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries.
Penny is the Founder and Chairman of PSP Partners, a global private investment firm that takes a long-term, fundamental approach to investing in and building market-leading businesses in sectors such as business & technology services, housing, industrials, and food and agriculture. From June 2013 through January 2017, Penny served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. Penny was a core member of President Obama’s economic team and served as the country’s chief commercial advocate, leading the Administration’s trade and investment promotion efforts. She also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Penny founded Vi Senior Living (formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt), and co-founded The Parking Spot, Artemis Real Estate Partners and Inspired Capital. Penny is the former chairman of the board of TransUnion and is a past board member of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Marmon Group, and LaSalle Bank Corporation. Currently, Penny is also a member of the board of Microsoft, chairman of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Harvard Corporation, Aspen Strategy Group, Aspen Economic Strategy Group, Hamilton Project and a co-chair of the Cyber Readiness Institute. She was also formerly a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Stanford University, the Harvard University Board of Overseers and founded Skills for America’s Future. Penny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. Penny and her husband, Dr. Bryan Traubert, co-founded The Pritzker Traubert Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation that works to foster increased economic opportunity for Chicago’s families. To learn more about PSP Partners, visit www.pspspartners.com. To learn more about The Pritzker Traubert Foundation, visit www.ptfound.org.
Kelly is the President of the Civic Committee and of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Kelly was nominated by former President Barack Obama and served as General Counsel for the United States Department of Commerce from 2014-2017. He previously worked as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at both Northern Trust and Ameritech Corporation, and served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago from 1989-1993. Prior to that he was a Partner at Mayer Brown. Kelly is a Director of Bank of the West, headquartered in San Francisco, the United Way of Metro Chicago, and Navy Pier, Inc. His civic engagement has included serving as a Trustee for the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Field Museum of Natural History and as President of the Board of the Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University Law School. He also was the Chairman of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. Kelly received his A.B. from Harvard College, a M.A from University of Sussex (U.K.), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Brad is P33’s CEO. Previously, he was a Senior Partner at BCG where he led their Operations Practice and was a BHI Fellow researching impact investing and ESG.
Brad serves on several nonprofit boards, including ACCION, Interfaith Youth Core, the Chicago History Museum, the UChicago College Advisory Council and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. He graduated with a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago (Phi Beta Kappa) and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Nuwan is P33’s Chief Operating Officer, supporting the strategic vision for the organization, building infrastructure, and driving the translation of ideas into pragmatic, executable solutions.
Prior to joining P33, Nuwan was the COO of a Chicago southside non-profit and before that spent much of his career at Deloitte Consulting LLP., advising executives in Healthcare, Life Sciences, Hi-Tech, and Philanthropy on Strategy, Analytics, and Human Capital considerations. He graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a B.S. in Accounting and Operations Management and from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with an M.B.A. In his spare time, Nuwan enjoys playing tennis and exploring Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.
Erin is P33’s Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, she collaborates with marketers across the City to promote Chicago’s innovation stories.
Erin brings over fifteen years of experience in marketing, brand strategy and media planning to her role at P33. Prior to joining P33, she worked at a digital marketing agency, where she helped professional services organizations grow their business through brand-based digital experiences. Erin is a Management Leadership for Tomorrow Fellow and has earned Masters of Business Administration degrees from both Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in marketing and Cambridge University, Judge Business School in entrepreneurship. She is also an active member in the Chicago community, serving on the board of VOCEL (Viewing Our Children as Emerging Leaders), the French American Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Snow City Arts.
Michelle is P33’s Senior VP of Deep Tech.
Michelle brings extensive experience in the life science and healthcare industry most recently as senior V.P. for Back Bay Life Science Advisors. At Back Bay, she used knowledge and understanding of innovation within pharma, biotech, and medtech/diagnostics combined with operational and transactional expertise to help her clients to make critical, strategic decisions. She brings that deep understanding and experience of the health and life sciences industries to Chicago, and will work closely with the local community to facilitate planning and growth of these industries. Michelle has a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Cornell University. In her spare time, she enjoys binge watching television and matching wits with her tween son.
Brandi is P33’s Senior VP of Ventures. In this role, she works to collaborate with multiple players in the advanced manufacturing space, from accelerators and start-ups to industry partners and not-for-profit organizations.
Prior to joining P33, she was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, focusing on operations transformations and digital strategies for industrial, medical products and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Prior to joining McKinsey, she was a project engineer at ExxonMobil where she executed large capital projects domestically and internationally. She holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and BA in Hispanic Studies from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a current board member of the Association of Rice University Alumni and the Association of Rice University Black Alumni. She is also on the board of Calculated Genius, a nonprofit focused on advancing STEM education for Chicago youth. She resides in downtown Chicago with her husband and daughter.
Matthew is P33’s Senior VP of Talent, leading P33’s efforts to grow Chicago’s tech talent base and improve diversity and inclusion in the tech ecosystem.
Matthew is a multi-sector professional who most recently served Chicago mayors Lightfoot and Emanuel as Director of Workforce Innovation, overseeing their efforts to build college and career pathways, meet businesses’ talent needs, and help struggling Chicagoans find quality jobs. He joined City Hall after helping launch the Seattle-based philanthropy Ballmer Group, and leading their national grantmaking and impact investing related to post-secondary education and careers. Before that, Matthew was Director of the Joyce Foundation’s Employment Program, where he oversaw strategy, grantmaking and partnerships focused on policy reform, tech innovation, and business practice change to help more individuals get and thrive in good jobs. He began his career as a strategy advisor to aerospace and defense companies in Washington, DC. He holds degrees from The University of Michigan (MBA), London School of Economics (MSc), and Tulane University (BA). And he serves on the Chicago Cook Workforce Innovation Board.
Cole is P33’s VP of Deep Tech. He supports our early science commercialization programs, which are focused on helping the Chicago area benefit from the extensive deep technology that is being developed in local academic labs.
Cole brings experience in early-stage technology commercialization in the life sciences and medical device industry most recently as senior manager of innovation at Baxter Healthcare, where he focused on sourcing early-stage technologies and led cross-functional technical teams performing due diligence on such opportunities prior to partnership or investment. He joined Baxter from the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation where he spent four years managing a diverse portfolio of University-owned intellectual property and mentoring startups through the programs like the Polsky Summer Accelerator and I-Corps. Cole has a PhD in Molecular Biology and MS in Bioinformatics from the University of Michigan, a MS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University.
Frances is P33’s Applied Data Fellow, supporting data analytics, metrics & benchmarking, and development functions.
Prior to joining P33, Frances graduated with a Master of Science in Analytics from the University of Chicago, and worked in non-profit fundraising at cultural and educational institutions. In her spare time, Frances enjoys tennis, and Chicago’s great restaurant scene.
Weronika is P33’s Executive Assistant to the CEO. Previously, she worked at Morgan Stanley supporting executives in the company’s Investment Banking Division. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
Rebecca is P33’s Marketing & Operations Manager
Prior to P33, Rebecca spent five years with a Chicago-based digital marketing and PR agency developing communication plans for clients across a vast array of industries. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing from Aurora University where she graduated as a Northern Athletics Conference Scholar and as a national award-winning VP of the Collegiate American Marketing Association on campus. In her spare time she enjoys screenwriting and exploring Chicago’s restaurant scene.
Estefania is P33’s Talent Solutions Associate, helping drive diverse, inclusive, and innovative growth across Chicago’s workplaces.
Prior to joining P33, Estefania was a Latinx Coordinator on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, uniting and activating Latinos and other underrepresented constituency groups in Iowa and Nevada to get out to vote. Before that, she worked at Point B Seattle, a management consulting firm specializing in local retail and healthcare project and change management. Estefania is originally from the Little Village neighborhood and graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Public Policy, Early Childhood Education, and Business Psychology. During her spare time, she enjoys exploring new neighborhoods and taking improv classes at Second City.
Aleena is P33’s Director of Talent Solutions.
Prior to joining P33, Aleena directed the national expansion of a workforce development program in Chicago, where she identified new markets, strategies, and partnerships to help scale their impact. Her experience also includes strategy consulting on organizational change, modernizing healthcare systems with new technology, and driving operational efficiencies in sales and distributions. Aleena has a BA in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently a Neubauer Civic Scholar pursuing her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In her spare time, she enjoys capturing photographs of the streets of Chicago and diagramming new ideas on her whiteboard(s).
Mark is P33’s Manager of Ventures.
Prior to joining P33, Mark was a strategy consultant helping dozens of Fortune 500 companies develop their plan for innovation and growth. His experience also includes corporate venture capital, helping innovative organizations around Chicago and beyond invest both financial and relational capital into early-stage startups. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in entrepreneurship, strategy, and management. In his free time, you can find him spending most of it with his wife and one year old son, being active outdoors, or chasing a little white ball around.