Jennifer Natalya Pritzker is a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army, founder of the Pritzker Military Library,and billionaire investor and philanthropist. She is a member of the Pritzker family.
In 1974, Pritzker enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where she rose to the rank of Sergeant. In 1979, she was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and then served with the VII Corps at Kelly Barracks, Germany. She completed active duty in 1985. She then served 16 years in the National Guard. In 2001, after retiring, Pritzker was promoted to the honorary rank of Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.In 2003, she founded the Pritzker Military Library. She serves on the board of Connecticut-based private equity firm Squadron Capitol LLC. Pritzker is divorced with three children. On August 16, 2013, a statement released to employees at Tawani Enterprises and the Pritzker Military Library read:
As of August 16, 2013, J. N. Pritzker will undergo an official legal name change, will now be known as Jennifer Natalya Pritzker. This change will reflect the beliefs of her true identity that she has held privately and will now share publicly. Pritzker now identifies herself as a woman for all business and personal undertakings. This announcement made Pritzker the world's first openly transgender billionaire.
LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have contributed significantly in several ways to the advancement of our community. Limited by the number of days on the calendar, showcasing every individual who has made a major impact would be difficult. Yet, across decades and eras, revolutions and wars, and discovery and enlightenment, SPART*A honors past and present LGBT figures in our history this month.