< Back Kyle Peterson, Managing Director
Kyle Peterson is a leader on corporate strategy, philanthropy, and international development. Kyle has led philanthropic interests for the Walton family, helped build a global strategy consulting firm, advised CEOs and policymakers, and launched a series of innovative health interventions across emerging markets.
Prior to Laurel Strategies, Kyle served as the Executive Director of the Walton Family Foundation, where he led philanthropic and strategic planning efforts for 20-plus members of the Walton family. Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, he was the second leader in the history of this 30-year old organization. In this capacity, Kyle oversaw the transformation of one of the country’s largest private foundations, growing the staff by 50% and building the infrastructure to support $600 million in annual grant making across education, environment, and economic development program areas.
Previously, Kyle was a leader at FSG, a global consulting firm. Kyle launched this organization along with Professor Michael E. Porter at the Harvard Business School and Mark Kramer. During his 14 year tenure, Kyle served as managing director and board member and led more than 150 consulting projects.
Prior to joining FSG, Kyle was a strategy consultant at the Monitor Group and a country director in Zimbabwe and Rwanda for Population Services International. In those countries, Kyle designed and launched a number of health programs in concert with the private sector that averted thousands of cases of HIV/AIDS and malaria. Kyle is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone.
Kyle holds an MBA and MPA from the University of Texas (McCombs School of Business and Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs) and a B.A. in international studies (cum laude) from American University.
Kyle has served as a board member for FSG, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Global Health Council. He was the inaugural Board Chair for the Equitable Facilities Fund (a revolving loan fund for charter schools across the country). He is a lifetime member of Council on Foreign Relations.