President and Chief Operating Officer Michael A. Peterson
March 19, 2013
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Michael combines his extensive private sector experience with his dedication to public service and the common good. He oversees the strategic direction of the Foundation, guiding policy and shaping strategy for its major initiatives, key partnerships and long-term objectives.
In addition to his leadership role at the Peterson Foundation, Michael is currently President and Co-Founder of GPX Enterprises, LP, a private investment firm focused on the sponsorship, development, and management of selected private equity investments. He is also CEO of Peterson Management, LLC, which manages the Peterson family assets, including the creation and launch of The Fiscal Times, a digital media service devoted to comprehensive reporting on fiscal, budgetary, health care, and economic issues.
Business and finance have been at the center of Michael's private sector career, but public policy and economics have also been important areas of focus for him for many years. After studying public policy and graduating magna cum laude and with honors from Brown University, Michael earned a Master's degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. He worked on the Clinton and Dukakis presidential campaigns and for Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, and conducted research for both the Committee for Economic Development and the Institute for International Economics. In recognition of his significant business achievements at a young age, Michael received the "40 Under 40" award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Michael remains active in civic and philanthropic organizations. He is a founding member of CGI Lead, a group of some of the world's most accomplished young leaders selected by President Clinton to form a leadership group within the Clinton Global Initiative. Michael is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has established his own foundation, which focuses on a variety of philanthropic areas.
Michael, the son of Pete Peterson, Founder and Chairman of the Peterson Foundation, lives in New York with his wife, Tara Peters, and their two children.
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