Peter Scher is Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic region, Global 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—now representing the third largest economy in the United States.
In addition, Scher oversees a number of global functions, including Government Relations and Public Policy, Philanthropy, Sustainable Finance, Nonprofit Engagement 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 $150 million investment in Detroit’s revitalization.
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. He also served as U.S. Representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) Business Advisory Council.
Scher serves on the Board of Trustees for American University and the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Partnership and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Policy Advisory Board of the Biden Institute.
Scher received his B.A. from American University (AU) and his J.D. from AU's Washington College of Law.