Peter Scher is Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic region, Head of Corporate Responsibility and serves as a member of the firm’s Operating Committee.
Scher serves as the firm’s senior executive in the Mid-Atlantic region — one of the largest economic regions in the United States — overseeing commercial banking, asset management, investment banking and consumer banking throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
In addition, as Head of Corporate Responsibility, Scher oversees a number of global corporate functions, including Government Relations, Global Philanthropy, Sustainable Finance, Nonprofit Engagement, the JPMorgan Chase PolicyCenter and the JPMorgan Chase Institute. He is Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States and has led the development of a number of the firm’s flagship programs, including the $200 million investment in Detroit’s economic recovery.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in 2008, Scher was the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Mayer Brown LLP and earlier served as the Chairman of the firm's Government and Global Trade Practice.
Scher spent nearly a decade in public service. Nominated by President Clinton, he was confirmed by the United States Senate as U.S. Special Trade Ambassador and served as one of the lead U.S. negotiators on China's entry into the World Trade Organization. He previously served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Max Baucus.
Scher is a founder and Vice Chairman of the Greater Washington Partnership. He serves on the Board of Trustees for American University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served as U.S. representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) Business Advisory Council.
Scher received his B.A. from American University (AU) and his J.D. from AU's Washington College of Law.