The US Special Representative for Recovery arrives in Kyiv for the first time: what is known about her and what issues may be in the spotlight. Photo
US Special Representative for Ukraine's Reconstruction Penny Pritzker arrived in Kyiv on October 16. The visit was her first since she was appointed to this position on September 14, and she had previously visited the Ukrainian capital as Secretary of Commerce.
Penny Pritzker's arrival was announced by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink. "A very warm welcome back to Kyiv, Secretary Pritzker!" she wrote on social media.
Brigitte Brink also posted a photo of the two of them at the Kyiv railway station.
As you know, on September 20, Penny Pritzker already met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in New York.
On September 14, U.S. President Joe Biden appointed her to the position of Special Representative for Ukraine's Economic Recovery. She will work with the Ukrainian government, the G7, the EU, international financial institutions, partners, and the U.S. private sector to help shape Ukraine's future.
In particular, she will lead the development of priorities through the Interagency Donor Coordination Platform to align them with Ukraine's needs and encourage countries to increase their support for Ukraine.
After the appointment, the New York Times reported that the special representative plans to visit Ukraine in the next few weeks to assess the state of the economy and meet with political and business leaders.
What is known about Penny Pritzker
Penny Sue Pritzker is an American billionaire, entrepreneur, public figure, philanthropist, and the 38th Secretary of Commerce of the United States (2013-2017). In 2011, Forbes named her the 263rd richest person in the United States and the 651st in the world, and in 2009 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
Penny's ancestors come from the village of Velyki Pritski in Kyiv Oblast. The Pritzker family is one of the richest in the United States and owns the Hyatt hotel chain.
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