Fueled by a shared vision to reinvigorate Chicago’s tech community, co-chairs Penny Pritzker, former Secretary of Commerce and founder and chairman of PSP Partners; Chris Gladwin, CEO and Co-founder of Ocient and Cleversafe; and Kelly Welsh, President of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago founded P33 in 2018.
Embracing Chicago’s innovation roots, P33 is the catalyst fostering better connections between Chicago stakeholders and the global tech and innovation community to facilitate economic growth.
In 2004, Chris Gladwin founded Cleversafe which became the largest and most strategic object storage vendor in the world (according to IDC).
Gladwin 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, Gladwin 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 Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries.
Pritzker 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, Pritzker served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. Pritzker 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. Pritzker founded Vi Senior Living (formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt), and co-founded The Parking Spot, Artemis Real Estate Partners and Inspired Capital. Pritzker 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, Pritzker 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. Pritzker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University. Pritzker 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 Welsh is the President of the Civic Committee and of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Welsh 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. Welsh 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. Welsh received his A.B. from Harvard College, a M.A from University of Sussex (U.K.), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Brandi Bridges is the Senior Vice President of the Industry 4.0 sector at P33. 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.
Michelle Hoffmann is P33's Health and Life Sciences lead where she will help develop Chicago’s strategy in this sector.
Hoffmann 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. Hoffmann 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.
Natalie Hernandez is the Strategy and Operations Manager for P33, where she works to shape and drive strategic and operational priorities.
Hernandez joined P33 in the summer of 2019. Prior to that, she spent three years at the Boston Consulting Group focused on the healthcare and consumer sectors. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and practicing yoga.
Brad Henderson is the CEO of P33. Previously, he was a Senior Partner at BCG where he led their Operations Practice and was a BHI Fellow researching impact investing and ESG.
Henderson 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 Samaraweera is the Chief Operating Officer at P33, supporting the strategic vision for the organization, building infrastructure, and driving the translation of ideas into pragmatic, executable solutions.
Prior to joining P33, Samaraweera 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.
John Ramirez is P33's Chief Product Officer. As P33's CPO, John will work to ensure P33's collective work delivers the highest impact possible for all Chicagoans.
Ramirez is a builder and do-er: growing tech startups, starting new organizations, and tackling Chicago's most pressing challenges. Most recently, Ramirez spent time building world-class Chicago-based assets, including: a first-of-its kind social enterprise at Chicago CRED, a leading Industry 4.0 start-up in Fast Radius, and several transformative economic development programs and initiatives. Ramirez is a native Chicagoan, born and raised on the southwest side of the city. He has a B.S. in engineering from the University of Illinois, an M.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He is on the Board of Directors for Instituto del Progreso Latino, Illinois Humanities, and the Greater Chatham Initiative. He is also member of Leadership Greater Chicago’s Fellowship Class of 2016.
Erin Amico is the Chief Marketing Officer at P33. In this role, she collaborates with marketers across the City to promote Chicago’s innovation stories.
Amico 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. Amico 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.
Weronika Cardoso joined P33 in July of 2019 to provide support and work alongside the Chief Executive Officer. 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.
Matthew Muench is Senior VP of Workforce Innovation, leading P33’s efforts to grow Chicago’s tech talent base and improve diversity and inclusion in the tech ecosystem.
Muench 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.
The people who helped us get here represent a team of thinkers and doers – business and community leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, technology experts and policymakers. They are today’s establishment and tomorrow’s vanguard.