About the Peter G. Peterson Foundation

America’s economic strength is closely tied to our fiscal outlook. A strong fiscal foundation is essential for a healthy economy, with rising incomes, opportunity, and mobility, now and in the future.

Our Mission

Our mission is to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of the key fiscal challenges threatening America's future and to accelerate action on them. To address these challenges successfully, we work to bring Americans together to find and implement sensible, long-term solutions that transcend age, party lines, and ideological divides in order to achieve real results.

Our Background

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to addressing America’s long-term fiscal challenges to ensure a better economic future. Founded by Pete Peterson and led by Chairman and CEO Michael Peterson, the Foundation works with leading policy experts, elected officials, and the public to build support for solutions to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. The Foundation engages in grant-making, partnerships and research to educate and involve Americans from a variety of perspectives.

Our Founder

Peter G. Peterson

Founder (1926–2018)
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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors establishes the Foundation’s strategy and priorities and provides oversight of grants, projects, communications, and finances to ensure that our actions contribute effectively toward our mission.

Michael A. Peterson

Chairman and CEO
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Joan Ganz Cooney

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Foundation Senior Leadership

Laura Gordon
Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

As Senior Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for the Peterson Foundation, Laura is responsible for coordinating strategies to advance all communications and public affairs for the Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, she was Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility at care.com, and for the 10 years prior to that she was the Managing Director of Communications at the Rockefeller Foundation.

Jeffrey Holland
Vice President, Research

Jeff came to the Peterson Foundation in August 2017 after 26 years at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). For the previous 18 years, Jeff was Chief of the Projections Unit at CBO, where he oversaw the production and data compilation of large parts of publications such as The Budget and Economic Outlook and An Analysis of the President’s Budget. He brings extensive experience in fiscal and economic policy, budget process, and data analysis.

Brett Loper
Senior Advisor, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, (Executive Director, Peterson Solutions Fund)

As Senior Advisor for the Peterson Foundation and Executive Director of the Peterson Solutions Fund, Brett is responsible for leading policy and advocacy efforts across all the Peterson entities. Prior to joining the Foundation, Brett was Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs, for American Express, and prior to American Express, he was Deputy Chief of Staff to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Myra Sung
Vice President, Programs

Leveraging almost two decades of public affairs and programmatic experience, Myra is responsible for developing strategic programs and initiatives that further the mission of the Foundation. She engages and collaborates with stakeholders and partnering organizations representing a variety of audiences across the country. Prior to joining the Foundation, Myra advised corporations and nonprofit organizations at a national public affairs consultancy.

Susan Tanaka
Senior Policy Advisor

Susan uses her extensive background in budget and fiscal policy to identify potential new partners and new projects, especially those focused on the connections between long-term demographic, economic and fiscal trends, that would help further the Foundation’s mission. Susan joined the Foundation in 2008. Her earlier experience includes the career staff of the White House Office of Management of Budget, Associate Director and Senior Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, and work with non-governmental budget and policy organizations.

Loretta Ucelli
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Communications

As executive vice president of strategy and communications for the Peterson Foundation, Loretta develops powerful campaigns and comprehensive strategies designed to advance public awareness of and increase engagement in the Foundation’s mission, and shape long-term objectives. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2010, she held the most senior communications positions at Pfizer and Columbia University, and for the last two years of President Clinton’s second term, she was assistant to the president and director of White House communications.

Steve Won
Chief Operating Officer

Steve is responsible for day-to-day execution and management at both the Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare. He translates high-level goals and strategies into actionable plans and oversees the key aspects of operations necessary to deliver on these plans. Steve most recently served as the Director of Business Operations and Strategy for Quantcast, an artificial intelligence-driven technology company, and was previously an Associate Partner at Oliver Wyman. Steve received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Advisory Board for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Our Advisory Board provides advice on the Foundation’s strategic direction, priorities, initiatives and annual activities. To best serve our mission, the Board features a wide range of backgrounds, experience and perspectives:

  • Sec. Robert Rubin: Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board, Peter G. Peterson Foundation; Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • Diana Aviv: Founder and Principal, ourCovenant
  • Craig Barrett: Former Chairman, Intel Corporation
  • Richard Beattie: Chairman, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Sen. William Bradley: Managing Director, Allen & Company LLC; Former United States Senator
  • Barry Diller: Chairman, IAC/InterActiveCorp
  • Roger Ferguson, Jr.: Former President and CEO, TIAA-CREF
  • Harvey Fineberg: President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • William Novelli: Professor, Georgetown University; Former CEO, AARP
  • Richard Plepler: Founder, Eden Productions
  • Richard Salomon: Managing Partner, East End Advisors LLC
  • David Beaumont Smith: CEO, X Sector Labs LLC
  • David M. Walker: Former Comptroller General of the United States

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