Former Fortune 500 executive Peter Weber has been at the helm of some of the world’s leading technology, manufacturing and agricultural science companies. He served as vice president of FMC Corporation, a diversified Fortune 500 company; CEO of Teknowledge, Inc., a publicly traded artificial intelligence company; and CEO of Riverbend International, a publicly traded agribusiness company. He retired in 2001 to dedicate himself to civic work
Mr. Weber, who resides in Fresno, has served as an advisor to every Mayor of Fresno since 2001, including former California Competes Leadership Council member Ashley Swearengin. In 2004, he authored a turn-around plan for the Fresno Unified School District, the fourth largest school district in California. In 2010, Mr. Weber launched the Fresno Bridge Academy, a program designed to bring residents in Fresno’s poorest neighborhoods into the economic mainstream. The project has expanded into other counties and is now called the California Bridge Academies.
Mr. Weber currently serves as a senior advisor to the New California Coalition and the Stanford Lab for Deliberative Democracy and is chair emeritus of California Forward and the California Bridge Academies. He formerly served on the board of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley; the Center for Advanced Research and Technology; the Fresno Business Council; the Fresno Citizen Corp; Fresno Citizens for Good Government; the Fresno Regional Jobs Initiative; the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and the Stanford Institute for Manufacturing and Automation.
A native of Peru, Mr. Weber received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Stanford University Business School. He has lectured at both U.C. Berkeley and Stanford on strategies for lifting Californians out of poverty. In 2016, he was selected as a leadership award winner by the James Irvine Foundation. In 2019, he was recognized as California Steward Leader of the year at the State Economic Summit.