Founded by COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), Tawani Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) grant-making organization whose mission is: to enhance the awareness and understanding of the importance of the Citizen Soldier; to preserve unique sites of significance to American and military history; to foster health and wellness projects for improved quality of life; and to honor the service of military personnel, past, present and future, through an awards program that includes the JROTC/ROTC Award for Military Excellence, the William E. Colby Award and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Tawani Foundation, led by President and Founder, COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, ARNG IL (Retired) provide the vision and governance of the organization. With experienced and varied professional backgrounds in areas such as business, history, education, finance and law, they individually and collectively bring essential stewardship of the mission of the foundation.


Bradford L. Ballast, Executive Director
Kareema Cruz-Adiele, Grants Manager
Laura Biddle Clarke, Special Projects Manager