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Manager of External Affairs & Technology Programs; Director of Government Relations, GE Global Research
Theresa Peterson's Story
Theresa Peterson joined GE Global Research in 2004 to pursue research and development opportunities for the Research Center in Washington DC as well as build support for strategic initiatives with senior government officials and members of Congress. In 2008, she was promoted to her present position as Manager of External Affairs and Technology programs at GE Global Research. In her current role, Peterson is responsible for leading the company's strategic initiative to build and expand its external research and development (R&D) partnerships within the U.S. and around the world.
After graduating from Simmons College in Boston with a Bachelor of Arts in finance and marketing, Peterson worked in banking for two years before pursuing a master's degree in urban and regional planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Her career took a fortuitous path following an internship as an urban designer back home in Brunswick, Georgia. In 1992, she became the Senior Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Wyche Fowler Jr. (D-Ga.), a role that taught her the intricacies of the federal appropriations process.
The following year, she became the Legislative Director for Congressman Don Johnson of Georgia's 10th District. She left that position to join the 3M Corporation, where she stayed for nine years before joining GE, managing 3M's federal research and development funding program.
Peterson is a participant of the Woman's Leadership Forum, Corporate Advisory Council of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Today, she lives in Lorton, Virginia with her husband Major (Ret) Terence Peterson, US Army and their two children, Terence Joseph, 6, and Taylor Grace, 4.