Philanthropist Penny Pritzker talks new role at Chicago Public Schools

June 22, 2011

By Linda Lutton

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Chicago School Board member Penny Pritzker.

Chicago’s school board meets on Wednesday. One of the new members on that board is Chicago entrepreneur and philanthropist Penny Pritzker. She’s a billionaire who’s making a mark on Chicago’s schools.

The executive director of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation is now the top education official in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s cabinet and helped define Emanuel’s education agenda. Penny Pritzker rarely gives interviews, but she spoke with WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton at length about her new role in the Chicago Public Schools.

To hear the full audio of Lutton's interview with Penny Pritzker, go to Extras, below.

Full Disclosure: Penny Pritzker’s husband, Bryan Traubert, is a member of Chicago Public Media’s board of directors.