Bart Peterson joined Eli Lilly and Company in June 2009 as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications. He is a member of the company’s executive committee. Peterson received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1980 and earned his law degree at the University of Michigan in 1983.
From 2000 to 2007, Peterson served two terms as Mayor of Indianapolis, the nation’s 12 th largest city. He also served as President of the National League of Cities in 2007. As mayor, along with Indiana University, Purdue University, Lilly, and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, he created BioCrossroads, a focused effort to push Indianapolis to the forefront as a life sciences capital. Prior to joining Lilly, Peterson was Managing Director at Strategic Capital Partners, LLC from June 2008 to June 2009. During spring 2008, Peterson was a fellow with the Institute of Politics of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. During the 2008-2009 school year, Peterson was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Ball State University. He continues as a fellow with the University’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs, as well as serving on their Board of Advisors.
In 2012, Peterson was appointed by the U.S. State Department to the United States Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council.