About Us

Peterson Philanthropies has been established and funded based on the vision of Peter G. Peterson (1926-2018). A first generation American, Pete was born in Kearney, Nebraska where he learned important lessons about the value of hard work, responsibility and commitment to community. These lessons stayed with Pete throughout his life. His distinguished and far-reaching career included significant contributions and accomplishments across public service, business and philanthropy.

Today, Peterson Philanthropies is led by its Chief Executive Officer, Michael Peterson, Pete’s son. Michael sets the organization’s direction and strategy, shaping its major programs and initiatives.


Peterson Philanthropies Formed to Build Brighter Future for Next Generation

Establishes Network of Nonprofit, Nonpartisan Organizations to Stabilize America’s Fiscal Outlook, Improve Healthcare Efficiency and Strengthen Democracy