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Worlds Ahead Lecture: Peter L. Scher

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:00 am

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:00 am (Reception to follow)


Florida International University
Graham Center Ballrooms
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

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Peter L. Scher is Chairman of the Washington, D.C. region for JPMorgan Chase & Co., serving as the firm’s senior executive in the region. In addition, he serves as the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility.

Scher oversees Global Government Relations and Public Policy, Global Philanthropy, the Office of Nonprofit Engagement, and the offices of Sustainable Finance. He is Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States. Scher led the development of several of the firm’s major initiatives including the Global Cities Initiative, New Skills at Work, Invested in Detroit and the Global Health Investment Fund.  

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in 2008, Scher was the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer Brown LLP and earlier served as the Chairman of the firm's Government and Global Trade Practice.   

Scher spent nearly a decade in public service.  Nominated by President Clinton, he was confirmed by the United States Senate as U.S. Special Trade Ambassador and served as one of the lead U.S. negotiators on China's entry into the World Trade Organization. He previously served as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Commerce, staff director for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Max Baucus.

Scher is active in civic and political activities, serving on the Board of Trustees for   American University and the Brookings Institution and the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council task force on EuroGrowth.  In 2009, Scher was appointed by the White House to serve as U.S. Representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) Business Advisory Council. 

Scher received his B.A. from American University and his J.D. from AU's Washington College of Law.