Peter Hero

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Peter Hero "is a senior advisor to the CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the former president of Community Foundation Silicon Valley. During his 17-year tenure, Community Foundation Silicon Valley grew from a small foundation with less than $10 million in assets and only three staff to a regional center for philanthropy, with more than 600 philanthropic funds under its umbrella, including 12 supporting foundations and 25 corporate advised funds.

"With extensive experience in international community foundation development, Mr. Hero has been working since 1996 in Central and Eastern Europe to build a network of community foundations in the region. In recognition of this work, Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel appointed him to the 2002 NATO Summit Council of Advisors in Prague. Peter is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford business school and his writing on community development and philanthropy has been published in the United States and Europe.

"Prior to joining Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Peter was president of the Maine College of Art, a four-year college of art and design and the largest cultural organization in northern New England, and headed the Arts Council for the state of Oregon. Peter holds a master of business administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, a master of arts in art history from Williams College, and an honorary doctor of law from the Maine College of Art." [1]

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  1. Annual Report 2008, Melbourne Community Foundation, accessed April 4, 2009.