Rachel Pritzker, President & Founder
Rachel Pritzker is President and Founder of the Pritzker Innovation Fund. Rachel is chair of the board of the Breakthrough Institute, a pioneering research organization that is changing how people think about energy and the environment, and is a board member and co-chair of the Energy Program at Third Way, a multi-issue think tank that answers America’s challenges with modern ideas. Rachel also serves on the board of the Center for Global Development, a “think-and-do-tank” that works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community. Rachel is a co-author of An Ecomodernist Manifesto, which outlines a powerful alternative approach to climate mitigation and human development. Her TED Talk on ecomodernism offers new frameworks for moving civilization beyond a dependence on natural resources, and her TEDxBeaconStreet Talk, Energy Myths: Climate, Poverty, and a Reason to Hope, illuminates a path to protecting the environment while moving billions of people out of poverty. Rachel is a member of The Philanthropy Workshop and serves on the board of the Palm Center, a research institute that produces scholarship designed to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial policy issues, such as gender and sexuality in the military. She previously served as a founding board member of Media Matters for America and a founding board member of the Democracy Alliance, a partnership of business and philanthropic leaders committed to a stronger democracy by supporting progressive organizations. Rachel attended Brown University, where she majored in Latin American studies. A clinical nutritionist by training, she also co-founded the nation’s first accredited master’s degree program in botanical medicine.
Roland Pritzker, Chairman
Roland Pritzker is Chairman of the Pritzker Innovation Fund. A man of diverse interests, Roland is an entrepreneur, musician, race car driver, private equity investor, and philanthropist. He plays bass with Blind Dog Smokin’, a Grammy-nominated funk/blues band that he has been with since 2000. Roland is the co-founder of ROTEK Racing, a race team in Germany through which he has vied in numerous endurance competitions. Roland is an experienced venture and private equity investor. He is part-owner of Essential Living Foods, a distributor of organic and raw foods sourced from Central and South America. He started and hosts the annual Snowy Range Music Festival, a three-day music festival held over Labor Day weekend in Laramie, Wyoming. Roland studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Colorado and sustainable business at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Mike Berkowitz, Senior Advisor
Mike Berkowitz is a Senior Advisor to the Pritzker Innovation Fund. Mike is Co-Founder & Principal at Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, a strategy firm that partners with many of the world’s most passionate and daring changemakers to reimagine, expand, and realize their social impact. Mike is a 21/64-certified philanthropy consultant and has counseled numerous individual donors, family foundations, and institutional foundations on their philanthropic giving. He has also advised dozens of nonprofit institutions on effective development strategy, community engagement strategy, strategic planning, and impact evaluation. Mike formerly served as a lead consultant to the Democracy Alliance, a partnership of the nation’s top progressive philanthropists. He has a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.