Gayle Peterson is Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford where she directs the Oxford Impact Investing and Social Finance Programmes. In this capacity, she oversees curriculum development and programme design and serves as a faculty member and tutor, teaching social investing.
At Saïd in 2013, Prof Peterson co-founded Women Transforming Leadership, a programme helping women to overcome personal or professional obstacles and build heightened self-awareness as they move through their careers. She speaks and lectures on gender lens investing, women in private equity and social investing.
Prof Peterson is Senior Managing Director of pfc Social Impact Advisors, an international social investing consultancy offering strategic guidance in leadership development, transparency, programme strategy and performance measures. She has managed and assessed more than $15bn in philanthropic and impact investments, advised social investors in more than 45 countries and taught social investing classes in China, Africa, Europe, Russia and North America.
Prof Peterson has also held positions including Programme Director for the Great Lakes Protection Fund, Legislative Director for the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs and Chief of Staff, Commissioner of the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
She holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Law, University of Chicago and Master of Science from HEC-Paris School of Management and Oxford University. Her book, Good, Evil, Wicked: The Art, Science and Business, to be published by Stanford University Press in 2018, focuses on the intersection of successful business and social sector strategies for social change.