Ann Peters has worked as journalist, lawyer and director of non-profit initiatives. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Georgetown University Law Center, Ann began her career as a correspondent for United Press International. She reported from North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Israel, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Egypt and South Africa between 1983 and 1991. Her domestic reporting ranged from covering the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster to the North Carolina Senate race between Governor James Hunt and Senator Jesse Helms, one of the most expensive political campaigns of that time. Her assignments abroad gave her ample opportunities to cover international affairs, whether interviewing Palestinians and Israelis during what would become known as the first Palestinian intifada or South Africans on the days and weeks following Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
At Georgetown University Law Center, she was on the staff of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy (formerly the Georgetown Journal on Fighting Poverty). She also represented juveniles accused of crimes in the District of Columbia through Georgetown’s Juvenile Justice Clinic.
After law school, Ann worked in London as a research associate and consultant for Human Rights Watch, focusing on blinding laser weapons, laws of war and arms embargoes, and then in Washington, D.C. for the Open Society Institute as program director of its Landmines Project. She also practiced law at Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg, LLP, a firm specializing in providing legal advice to nonprofit organizations and individuals in the areas of nonprofit organization tax law, election law, employment law and environmental law. Most recently, Ann served as grants management consultant to MAG America.