Aulana L. Peters

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Aulana L. Peters is a retired partner at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she was active partner from 1980 to 1984 and from 1988 to 2000.[1]

From 1984 until 1988,[1] she served as a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),[2] and as a board member of the Public Interest Oversight Board.[3] She was the first African American ever to serve as a commissioner of the SEC, and only the third woman ever to do so.[4]

According to her resume at,[1] she has served as a member of the International Public Interest Oversight Board since 2005, as a member of the Public Oversight Board of AICPA, a professional association for Certified Public Accountants in the United States, from 2001 to 2002, and sits on the boards of 3M Company, Deere & Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation and, formerly, Merrill Lynch & Co..


Peters earned degree in philosophy from the College of New Rochelle in New York in 1976, and then earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California.


Peters joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles as an associate in 1973. She focused on commercial litigation, including class action suits and SEC enforcement actions. She became a partner in the firm in 1980, but resigned in 1984 to accept an appointment as the commissioner of the SEC under President Ronald Reagan. When Reagan's term ended, so did Peters', and she returned to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 1988, where she remained until her retirement in 2000.

In 1999 she was elected to Northrop Grumman's board of directors, a position she still holds. She served as a member of the Public Oversight Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2001 and 2002. She was elected to the Deere & Company board of directors in 2002, and her current term ends in 2010.[5] She is also a director at 3M. She was formerly a board member of Merrill Lynch and the public television station KCET,[citation needed]. She currently serves on the Accountability Advisory Council of the U.S. Comptroller General, and on the Market Regulatory Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange.[citation needed] She has also served on Southern California Edison's Nuclear Decommissioning Trust Fund Committee for the past 10 years (two terms), and is currently under consideration for reappointment for another 5-year term.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Aulana Peters "tear sheet" at
  2. ^ "Fraud Bill Draws Fire," New York Times, June 20, 1986, page d6. Abstract of Reuters article; subscriber access NYTimes
  3. ^ "Global Overseer of Auditing Rules Is Born," Floyd Norris, New York Times, March 1, 2005, p. c9
  4. ^ "The Peters Principle," Executive Financial Woman, Jan/Feb 1986, p.29
  5. ^ SEC Form DEF 14A on 01/15/09
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