Person

Regan Pritzker

Nationality:

American

Occupation:

Hyatt hotels heir and board of directors to non-profits

Regan Pritzker is a member of the wealthy and politically involved Pritzker family and a donor to left-leaning political causes and candidates. Pritzker is on the board of directors of the left-of-center nonprofits Libra Foundation and Kataly Foundation. [1] Pritzker has sought to transform the Libra Foundation to become more radical and left-aligned and formed the Kataly Foundation to expand and complement work done by the Libra Foundation. [2]

Background

Regan Pritzker is the daughter of Nicholas J. Pritzker, who had been CEO and chairman of the board of Hyatt Hotels Development Corporation. [3] Nicholas Pritzker is also the co-founder of Tao Capital, whose early investments included Uber, Tesla, and SpaceX. [4] The extended Pritzker family is estimated to be worth over $32.5 billion. [5]

Regan Pritzker has worked for family-owned Tao Capital since at least 2018. [6] In 2019, Regan co-founded the Kataly Foundation, an organization focusing on left-of-center environmental, social, and economic policies. [7] Regan is also on the board of her family’s nonprofit, the Libra Foundation, a left-of-center organization that focuses on equity and social justice, left-wing environmentalism, LGBT issues, and gender oppression. [8]

Regan has supported collective ownership and community control and has sought to align the Libra Foundation with “progressive and radical values.” [9] Previously, Regan Pritzker was a substitute schoolteacher and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English literature and received a master’s from the University of California, Berkeley. [10]

The Libra Foundation

The Libra Foundation is the Nicholas Pritzker family-led foundation that supports left-of-center advocacy organizations. [11] Regan Pritzker is the foundation’s president/director of impact investing. [12] Its funding priorities include left-of-center social policy, environmentalism, support for abortion, and liberalization of immigration. [13] The foundation espouses a need to change systemic oppression in the United States and bring about social justice. [14] In response to protests in 2020, the Libra Foundation led a group of nonprofits that pledged $36 million to Black-led protest organizations. [15]

As of 2020, the Libra Foundation has over $513 million in assets and since inception has given over $125 million in grants. [16] [17] In the area of social justice and criminal reform, the foundation has given $71,543,328 to 157 grantees. [18] Over $27 million has been given to 50 environmental and climate justice organizations. [19] In LGBT and gender issues, the foundation has given over $26 million to 52 groups. [20] Top grantees of the Libra Foundation are ACLU Foundation, which received $4.75 million; the Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU (the foundation arm of the Illinois ACLU), which received $3.195 million; and the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, which received $2.8 million. [21]

Kataly Foundation

Regan Pritzker is co-founder and chair of the board of the Kataly Foundation. [22] Kataly was formed in 2019 through an initial contribution of $445 million from JL Special LLC from Nevada, a corporate entity that lists among its managers Nicolas J. Pritzker. [23] As of 2020, the Kataly Foundation has over $457 million in assets. [24] In 2019, Pritzker personally made a $100,000 donation to the Kataly Foundation. [25]

Kataly Foundation’s primary program areas are the Restorative Economies Fund, Environmental Justice Resourcing Collective, and Mindfulness and Healing Justice. [26] The Restorative Economies Fund provides grants and loans to organizations it deems impacted by perceived climate change, structural racism, and a broken democratic system. [27] The Environmental Justice Resourcing Collective provides funding and mentoring to communities of color that Kataly perceives as hurt by racial, social, and environmental disparities – seeking to advance environmental regulations, reduce pollution, and reliance on petrochemicals. [28] The Mindfulness and Healing Justice program provides retreats and other programs including teacher training on social justice and racial equity. [29]

Other Activities

In 2019, Pritzker and other billionaires including George Soros penned an open letter to 2020 presidential candidates calling for them to raise taxes. [30] Since 1999, Pritzker is a regular donor to Democratic candidates and left-progressive political action committees and organizations giving over $511,000. [31] Pritzker has donated to left-of-center and left-progressive organizations such as Working Families Party, Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, ActBlue, Real Justice PAC, Democratic Party of Illinois, Sister District Project, Black Voters Matter Fund, MoveOn.org, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. [32]

Pritzker has also donated to left-of-center politicians including Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore, Barack Obama, John Kerry, and Joe Biden; California politicians Gov. Gavin Newsom and Vice President Kamala Harris; and others including Pete Buttigieg, Stacey Abrams, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker, Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, and Claire McCaskill. [33]

Regan Pritzker is married to Chris Olin, who also worked for Tao Capital and sits on the board of directors at Kataly Foundation. [34]

References

  1. Regan Pritzker LinkedIn profile. www.linkedin.com. Accessed February 9, 2022.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/regan-pritzker-b5b990159/?trk=public_profile_browsemap_profile-result-card_result-card_full-click. ^
  2. Partners for Dignity and Rights website. www.dignityandrights.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://dignityandrights.org/team-member/regan-pritzker/. ^
  3. Evergreen Climate Innovations website. www.evergreeninno.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://evergreeninno.org/about-us/people/nick-pritzker. ^
  4. Tao Capital website. www.taocap.com. Accessed February 9, 2022. https://www.taocap.com. ^
  5. Forbes Magazine. “2020 America’s Richest Families Net Worth.” December 16, 2020. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.forbes.com/profile/pritzker/?sh=3794424c70f2. ^
  6. Center for Responsive Politics. “Donor Lookup: Regan Pritzker.” www.opensecrets.org.  Accessed February 9, 2022. https://www.opensecrets.org/donor-lookup/results?name=Regan+Pritzker&order=desc&sort=D. ^
  7. Regan Pritzker LinkedIn profile. www.linkedin.com. Accessed February 9, 2022.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/regan-pritzker-b5b990159/?trk=public_profile_browsemap_profile-result-card_result-card_full-click; Kataly Foundation website. www.katalyfoundation.org. Accessed February 10, 2022. https://www.katalyfoundation.org/#about. ^
  8. The Libra Foundation website. www.thelibrafoundation.org. Accessed February 10, 2022. https://www.thelibrafoundation.org/program-areas/; Regan Pritzker LinkedIn profile. www.linkedin.com. Accessed February 9, 2022.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/regan-pritzker-b5b990159/?trk=public_profile_browsemap_profile-result-card_result-card_full-click. ^
  9. Partners for Dignity and Rights website. www.dignityandrights.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://dignityandrights.org/team-member/regan-pritzker/. ^
  10.  Regan Pritzker LinkedIn profile. www.linkedin.com. Accessed February 9, 2022.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/regan-pritzker-b5b990159/?trk=public_profile_browsemap_profile-result-card_result-card_full-click. ^
  11. The Libra Foundation website. www.thelibrafoundation.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.thelibrafoundation.org. ^
  12. The Libra Foundation, Form 990-PF, 2019. ^
  13. The Libra Foundation, Form 990-PF, 2019. ^
  14. The Libra Foundation website. www.thelibrafoundation.org. Accessed February 10, 2022. https://www.thelibrafoundation.org/about/. ^
  15. Daniels, Alex. “Foundations Pool $36 Million for Black-Led Organizing Groups.” The Chronicle of Philanthropy. September 17, 2020. Accessed February 10, 2022. https://www.philanthropy.com/article/foundations-pool-36-million-for-black-led-organizing-groups. ^
  16. The Libra Foundation, Form 990-PF, 2019. ^
  17. The Libra Foundation website. www.thelibrafoundation.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.thelibrafoundation.org/grantees/CSJ/all-years/all-amounts. ^
  18.  The Libra Foundation website. www.thelibrafoundation.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.thelibrafoundation.org/grantees/CSJ/all-years/all-amounts. ^
  19. The Libra Foundation website. www.thelibrafoundation.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.thelibrafoundation.org/grantees/CSJ/all-years/all-amounts. ^
  20. The Libra Foundation website. www.thelibrafoundation.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.thelibrafoundation.org/grantees/CSJ/all-years/all-amounts. ^
  21. The Libra Foundation website. www.thelibrafoundation.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.thelibrafoundation.org/grantees/CSJ/all-years/all-amounts. ^
  22. Kataly Foundation, Form 990-PF, 2019. ^
  23. Kataly Foundation, Form 990-PF, 2019; Open Corporates website. www.opencorporates.com. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_nv/E0565252018-5. ^
  24. [1]Kataly Foundation, Form 990-PF, 2019. ^
  25. Kataly Foundation, Form 990-PF, 2019. ^
  26. Kataly Foundation website. www.katalyfoundation.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.katalyfoundation.org/#about. ^
  27. Kataly Foundation website. www.katalyfoundation.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.katalyfoundation.org/#about. ^
  28. [1] Kataly Foundation website. www.katalyfoundation.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.katalyfoundation.org/#about. ^
  29. Kataly Foundation website. www.katalyfoundation.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://www.katalyfoundation.org/#about. ^
  30. Pritzker, Regan, et al. “An Open Letter to the 2020 Presidential Candidates: Tax Us More.” June 24, 2019. Accessed February 10, 2022. https://medium.com/@letterforawealthtax/an-open-letter-to-the-2020-presidential-candidates-its-time-to-tax-us-more-6eb3a548b2fe. ^
  31. Center for Responsive Politics. “Donor Lookup: Regan Pritzker.” www.opensecrets.org.  Accessed February 9, 2022. https://www.opensecrets.org/donor-lookup/results?name=Regan+Pritzker&order=desc&sort=D. ^
  32. Center for Responsive Politics. “Donor Lookup: Regan Pritzker.” www.opensecrets.org.  Accessed February 9, 2022. https://www.opensecrets.org/donor-lookup/results?name=Regan+Pritzker&order=desc&sort=D. ^
  33. Center for Responsive Politics. “Donor Lookup: Regan Pritzker.” www.opensecrets.org.  Accessed February 9, 2022. https://www.opensecrets.org/donor-lookup/results?name=Regan+Pritzker&order=desc&sort=D. ^
  34. RSF Social Finance website. www.rsfsocialfinance.org. Accessed February 13, 2022. https://rsfsocialfinance.org/person/chris-olin/. ^
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