Aulana L. Peters

Born: November 30, 1941, Shreveport, Louisiana;

Occupation: Lawyer, businesswoman;

Position: Partner (retired);

Company: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP;

Industry: Legal Services;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: American;

Aulana L. Peters

Aulana L. Peters is a former Partner (retired) of the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where she was a partner from 1980 to 1984 and 1988 to 2000. She was the first Black American to serve as a commissioner of the SEC, and only the third woman ever to do so.

Work Experience

  • Ms. Peters served in the U.S. Comptroller General’s Accountability Advisory Panel and is a member of the International Public Interest Oversight Board which oversees the standard setting process of the International Federation of Accountants for auditing, assurance, independence and ethics standards.
  • She has also served as a member of the Steering Committee for Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Financial Reporting Project and a member of the POB’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Audit Effectiveness.
  • Ms. Peters served as a member of the Public Oversight Board (“POB”) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, January 2001 to April 2002.
  • Ms. Peters served as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, 1984 to 1988.

Board and Advisor Roles

Ms. Peters has served on the boards of the following public companies: 

  • Mayo Clinic
  • Merrill Lynch
  • John Deere
  • 3M
  • Deere & Company
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation

Accolades

  • The eleventh recipient of the ASECA’s, William O. Douglas Award 2003.
  • 2003 Medal of Honor by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for distinguished service by a non-accountant to the accounting profession.

Education

Ms. Peters earned:

  • A degree in philosophy from the College of New Rochelle in New York in 1976.
  • A Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California.

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