Peter Laugharn serves as president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a family foundation established in 1944 by the man who started Hilton Hotels. They provide funds to nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world.
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, Laugharn 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 Firelight, Laugharn served as executive director of the Netherlands-based Bernard van Leer Foundation, whose mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 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 Ph.D. in education from the University of London. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 1982 to 1984. He 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 for International Policy.