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April 1-3, 2025
Hilton University of Houston
Houston, TX

Peter Beard

Peter Beard

Senior Vice President, Regional Workforce Development
Greater Houston Partnership

Peter Beard serves as Senior Vice President for Regional Workforce Development at the Greater Houston Partnership whose mission is to make the Houston region the best place to live, work and build a business. He leads the Partnership’s UpSkill Houston initiative—a nationally recognized business-led collaborative table of business, industry, education, and community leaders focused developing a “work-ready workforce” in Houston. Its focus is on the region’s nearly 1 million good jobs — well-paying, advanced technical and craft careers — that require education and skills beyond a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree. This work also includes Houston Back on Track to support upskilling and reskilling opportunities into better jobs that provide greater economic mobility and productivity for Houston’s low-wage workers.

In support of this work, Peter is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Business and Community Advisory Council and serves on the boards of directors for Gulf Coast Workforce Solutions, Construction Career Collaborative (C3), Artspace Projects, and Houston LISC’s Local Advisory Committee. He is also a Talent Pipeline Management® faculty member and fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum in Houston.

Prior to joining Greater Houston Partnership, Peter served in executive roles at United Way Worldwide (Alexandria, VA) and the Fannie Mae Foundation (Washington, DC). Prior to Fannie Mae Foundation, he served as the general counsel at Habitat for Humanity International (Americus, GA), and was in private legal practice at Semmes, Bowen & Semmes (Baltimore, MD).

Peter received his A.B. in economics from Davidson College (NC) and J.D. (magna cum laude) from Syracuse University College of Law (NY).