Learn about the Peterson Foundation's Mission, Leadership, and Open Positions.

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 non-partisan organization dedicated to addressing America’s long-term fiscal challenges to ensure a better economic future. Led by Founder and Chairman Pete Peterson and President 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.


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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.

Peter G. Peterson

Founder and Chairman
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Michael A. Peterson

President and CEO
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Joan Ganz Cooney

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Foundation Senior Leadership

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.

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.

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.

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

Sec. George Shultz: Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board, Peter G. Peterson Foundation; Thomas W. & Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institute — Stanford University; Former United States Secretary of State

Diana Aviv: CEO, Feeding America

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.: President and CEO, TIAA-CREF

Harvey Fineberg: President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Leslie Gelb: President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations

William Novelli: Professor, Georgetown University; Former CEO, AARP

Richard Plepler: Chairman and CEO, Home Box Office

Richard Salomon: Managing Partner, East End Advisors LLC

Sheryl Sandberg: Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

Sec. Donna Shalala: President and CEO, The Clinton Foundation; Former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

David Beaumont Smith: Managing Director, Presidio Institute

Paul Volcker: Chairman, The Volcker Alliance; Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

David M. Walker: Former Comptroller General of the United States

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A Guide to Complex Budget Processes

Understanding what’s happening on Capitol Hill requires an understanding of the Congressional budget process.


This series of infographics helps put some of today's most pressing fiscal debates in context.