General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Elizabeth Peters, an attorney who is an expert in tax laws affecting foundations and charities, serves as the Hewlett Foundation’s general counsel. She has a wide range of duties, including advising staff on legal issues at the state, federal, and international levels; further developing the Foundation’s systems for complying with applicable laws; drafting and reviewing legal documents; and assisting in staff training.
Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Peters was an associate with the firm of Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on tax-exempt organizations, international tax law, and corporate law. Before she became an attorney, Ms. Peters was a director of strategic planning for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, where she developed corporate partnerships and strategy. Earlier in her career, she worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Ms. Peters has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and a law degree from Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of The Yale Law Journal.