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Elizabeth Peters

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Elizabeth Peters photoElizabeth 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.