Peter G. Peterson

Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Peter G. Peterson is chairman emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and founder and chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, whose mission is to target "undeniable, unsustainable and untouchable" threats to the nation's future and to future generations of Americans.  He is chairman emeritus and co-founder of the Blackstone Group, a private investment banking firm.  He is also founding chairman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and founding president of the Concord Coalition.  Mr. Peterson was the co-chair of the Conference Board Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise and was also chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2000 to 2004.  Prior to founding Blackstone, Mr. Peterson was chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers (1973 –1984).  He was chairman and CEO of Bell and Howell Corporation from 1963 to 1971.  In 1971, President Richard Nixon named Mr. Peterson assistant to the president for international economic affairs.  He was named secretary of commerce by President Nixon in 1972.

Mr. Peterson is the author of several books, including Running On Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It; Gray Dawn: How the Coming Age Wave Will Transform America and the World; Will America Grow Up Before It Grows Old?; Facing Up: How to Rescue the Economy from Crushing Debt and Restore the American Dream; and his recently published memoir, The Education of an American Dreamer: How a Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way from a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street and Beyond.