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Theresa Peterson

MA, Urban Design (University of Virginia) BA, Business Management (Simmons University)

As senior executive director of government affairs and external programs, Theresa leads GE Research’s efforts in Washington D.C. to identify and pursue collaborations that support GE’s long-range technology objectives. She works with senior government officials and members of Congress to build support for strategic initiatives and across GE businesses to ensure a unified advocacy approach. Since joining GE in 2004, Theresa and her team have secured significant government funding for the development of programs impacting all of GE’s businesses.

Theresa also serves as the chief diversity officer for GE Research. In this role, Theresa leads the creation and implementation of the business’s diversity, equity, and inclusion program and establishes institutional accountability and methods for measuring progress. She is a passionate leader and brings experience as a former leader of GE’s African American/Affinity Forum (AAF) and Women’s Network groups.

Prior to joining GE, Theresa spent nearly 10 years leading the federal research and development funding program for 3M. Theresa previously served as legislative director for Congressman Don Johnson (D-GA-10) and senior legislative assistant for Senator Wyche Fowler of Georgia.

Over the years, Theresa has been recognized for her commitment to diversity in STEM as well as for her role in mentoring African American women in business. Theresa is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Alpha Beta Alpha Omega Chapter) and the Arlington, VA Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Theresa serves on the diversity councils of two local private schools. She and her family are active members of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA.

Theresa holds a Master of Urban Design from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Simmons University in Boston.

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