Program Officer, Global Development and Population Program
Peter Belden joined the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in July 2005. He brings with him a decade of experience focused on population and reproductive health. Before coming to the Foundation, Peter managed the San Mateo, CA clinic for Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, leading fourteen staff serving over one thousand family planning clients each month. Prior to that, Peter served for two years as Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in San Jose, California.
Peter has also worked abroad, spending a summer in Mali at Population Services International, where he wrote a marketing plan and developed indicators for a franchising pilot project. During his two-year tenure as a fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of Population, in Washington, D.C., Peter traveled in India, Nepal, and Kenya to evaluate projects in those countries. After completing the fellowship at USAID Peter was hired as the National Wildlife Federation's Population Specialist.
Peter is a member of the Board of Directors of Teen Success, Inc. and the California Family Health Council and serves as Co-Chair of the Population Working Group for the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights. He previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, Board Fellow at Acterra, Population Issue Chair for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, and a member of the Sierra Club's National Population Mentors Committee.
Peter received an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford and a BA with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. Peter is fluent in French and is learning Mandarin Chinese.
Read Peter's Blog Post, The Copper IUD: A Better Plan B
Read Peter's Letter to the Editor of Pediatrics, "For Informed Consent, Don't forget the IUD as EC"
Read Peter's editorial in Contraception, The Copper IUD as Emergency Contraception: A Neglected Option.
Read Peter's Blog Post, "You Are a Man. Why Are You Interested in Family Planning?"