Peter Beard serves as Senior Vice President for Regional Workforce Development at the Greater Houston Partnership whose mission is to make the Houston region the best place to live, work and build a business. In his role, Peter leads the Partnership’s UpSkill Houston initiative. This business led effort works with employers, educational institutions, community-based organizations, and the public workforce system to develop collective solutions that close the skills gap in Houston. UpSkill Houston is focused on ensuring that the region’s businesses have access to workers that have the necessary skills and credentials for “middle skills” careers in seven key industry sectors that drive Houston’s regional economy and anchor its global economic competitiveness. He also serves on the board of directors for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. Prior to joining Greater Houston Partnership, Peter served as Senior Vice President for Community Impact at United Way Worldwide in Alexandria, VA; in executive positions at the Fannie Mae Foundation in Washington, DC; and as general counsel at Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, GA. Peter received his A.B. in economics from Davidson College (NC) and J.D. (magna cum laude) from Syracuse University College of Law (NY).