President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former Comptroller General of the U.S.
David M. Walker
About the Speaker
Dave is President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. In this capacity he leads the Foundation's efforts to promote federal financial responsibility and accountability today in order to create more opportunity tomorrow.
Prior to assuming his position with the Foundation in March of 2008, Dave served as the seventh Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for almost ten years. This was one of Dave's three presidential appointments each by different Presidents from both major political parties during his 15 years of total federal service.
Dave also has over 20 years of private sector experience, including approximately 10 years as a Partner and Global Managing Director of Human Capital Services for Arthur Andersen LLP. During this period, he also served as one of the two Public Trustees for Social Security and Medicare.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities at the Foundation, Dave serves on various boards and advisory groups, including as Chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee, as a member of The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Trilateral Commission. Dave has authored three books. The most recent, Comeback America, shows how we can return to our nation’s founding principles, and outlines a number of sensible solutions to get America back on track. He is a frequent writer and commentator, and is a subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A.