Peter Laugharn serves as president and chief executive officer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Laugharn is a passionate leader with 25 years of foundation and nonprofit experience internationally, with a focus on improving the well-being of vulnerable children. Previously, he was executive director of the Firelight Foundation, which identifies, funds and supports promising African nonprofits serving vulnerable children and families in the areas of education, resilience and health. Prior to the Firelight Foundation, Laugharn served as executive director of the Netherlands-based Bernard van Leer Foundation, whose mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age eight who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. Laugharn began his career at Save the Children, where he worked in a variety of roles.
A graduate of Stanford and Georgetown Universities, Laugharn holds a doctor of philosophy degree in education from the University of London. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 1982 to 1984. Laugharn was a co-founder of the International Education Funders Group and the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS, and he is a member of the board of the Pacific Council on Institutional Policy.