Margaret Peterlin

Margaret Peterlin is an agile leader who flexibly transitions across industries and organizations, having recently served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson where she managed the Office of the Secretary for a department of 77,000 globally-distributed employees. She participated in engagements with more than 35 heads of state and 80 foreign ministers and was the Secretary’s representative in the interagency process. Prior to this, Ms. Peterlin was the Global Technology Officer for Mars, Inc., accountable for increasing ROI for manufacturing technology. She developed the framework to identify and prioritize Mars’ tier-one risks and opportunities and reshaped the Board’s Technology Committee. At the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Ms. Peterlin served as the Deputy Undersecretary for Intellectual Property (IP) and the Deputy Director of the USPTO. There, she operated as the COO to provide strategic leadership to over 9,700 (mostly unionized) employees, 2,600 contractors, and management of a $2.1B budget. She also advised the Office of the President and the Secretary of Commerce on IP, led U.S. delegations abroad, and testified before Congress. Before USPTO, Ms. Peterlin was a Policy Analyst and Counsel for Legal Policy for the Speaker of the House, and served as his National Security Advisor. Prior to that, she was the Majority Leader’s General Counsel and Policy Analyst and was the primary House negotiator for creating the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Peterlin began as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy. She received her BA from The College of Holy Cross on a four-year scholarship, and earned her JD, cum laude, from the University of Chicago, where she was the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Chicago Journal of International Law. Upon graduation, she clerked for The Honorable Jerry E. Smith, for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Margaret was appointed Senior Vice President-Global External & Public Affairs for


11.00 - 12.00
AD Fund Hall
This fast pace of change presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities for policymakers around the world. Different countries have adopted varying approaches in this area, but there have been some emerging best practices. This panel will discuss alternative examples including the focus on partnerships between private and public sector, cross country cooperation, as well as agile policy approaches that can effectively respond to the fast-moving and multi-stranded nature of the challenges today facing policymakers.