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Peter L. Scher

Executive Vice President and head of Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase

Bio Current as of June 17, 2015

Peter L. Scher is the executive vice president and head of Corporate Responsibility for JPMorgan Chase and serves as a member of the company’s Executive Committee. In this role, Scher oversees the company’s global Corporate Responsibility strategy, Government Relations and public policy efforts, including the work of the office of Environmental Affairs.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in June of 2008, Scher served as the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C., office of Mayer Brown LLP, where he had been a partner since 2000 and earlier as the chairman of the firm’s Government and Global Trade Practice.

Scher spent nearly a decade in government service. Nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate, he served as the U.S. Special Trade Negotiator, with the rank of Ambassador, during which time he was one of the lead U.S. negotiators on China’s entry into the World Trade Organization.

In addition, he served as the chief of staff in the Office of the United States Trade Representative and in the same position at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to joining the Executive Branch, Scher served on Capitol Hill as the chief of staff to U.S. Senator Max Baucus and as the majority staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Scher remains active in civic and political activities. He has been a member of the Atlantic Council of the United States Working Group on U.S.–European Union Trade and Regulatory Issues and the Asia Task Force for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, addressing U.S. economic relations with China, Japan and India. 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 also serves on the Board of the American University and the Lab School of Washington.

Scher received his B.A. from American University in 1983 and his J.D. from AU’s Washington College of Law in 1987.