Peter Yeo serves as executive director to the Better World Campaign, and vice president of BWC’s sister organization, the United Nations Foundation.
With over twenty years of legislative, analytical, and management experience, including senior roles on Capitol Hill and in the State Department, Yeo has long been a proponent of international engagement through diplomacy.
Yeo served for ten years as the Deputy Staff Director at the House Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA).
He has worked on a broad range of foreign policy and foreign aid issues. He led the successful negotiations for the landmark HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003, commonly known as PEPFAR, as well as the successful $50 billion reauthorization of the law in 2008. He also shepherded the authorization of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and has traveled the globe working on issues dealing with China, Tibet, Burma, and East Timor.
During the second Clinton Administration, Peter was Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department, where he led the negotiations around repayment of the U.S. debt to the United Nations and was part of the U.S. delegation to the climate negotiations in Kyoto. During the 2008 presidential campaigns, Peter served as an adviser to the foreign policy campaign teams of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Peter holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University as well as a master's degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.
May 5, 2012 Huffington Post "Peter Yeo: What Voters Want A Strong US-UN Relationship"
November 19, 2011 MSN Money "UN bashing is popular among Republican candidates"
October 23, 2011 The New York Times "Palestinian Bid for Full Unesco Membership Imperils American Financing"
October 19, 2011 NPR "Palestinians Try Alternate U.N. Route, Worrying U.S."
October 17, 2011 Un Dispatch "Beyonce Knowles and the Looming Crisis at the UN"
September 8, 2011 Foreign Policy "Berman: Ros-Lehtinen’s bill to "eviscerate" U.N. is "radical""
March 3, 2011 UN Dispatch "A Fake UN Scandal Re-Hashed on Capitol Hill"
Feb 15, 2011 Benzinga "Obama's Budget Would Protect U.S. Interests at the UN"
Feb 10, 2011 Bloomberg News "Ban Calls for Egypt Power Change as He Builds Support for Second UN Term"
Feb 8, 2011 Foreign Policy "House to battle over funds to increase security at the U.N."
Jan 25, 2011 Associated Press "US Republican lawmakers taking aim at UN"
Jan 25, 2011 Fox News "GOP Puts U.N. Reform Back on Agenda as 'Urgent' Problem"
Jan 25, 2011 Foreign Policy "Republican Congress to U.N.: drop dead"
Jan 23, 2011 The Hill "U.N. funding an early target for House Republicans"
Oct 25, 2010 The Huffington Post "The UN is Sixty Five Years Old and Going Strong"
Sept 21, 2010 Chicago Now "UN Summit to Debut Strategy on Women's & Children's Health"
Sept 20, 2010 Foreign Policy Magazine "Save-The-World-Clock" [a story on the UN Millennium Development Goals]
Sept 8, 2010 AFP "Struggle to agree UN summit kickstart for Millennium goals"
July 30, 2010 Washington Post "Obama administration unveils strategy for meeting global poverty goals"
July 22, 2010 CNN "Fallout continues over bashing of U.N. chief"
Jan 17, 2010 Washington Post "From Haiti's Ruins A Chance To Rebuild A Nation"