Barton R. Peterson



Barton Peterson is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications for Eli Lilly and Company. From 2000 to 2007, he served two terms as Mayor of Indianapolis, and in 2007 was President of the National League of Cities. His accomplishments as Mayor include working with Indiana University, Purdue University, Lilly, and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership to create BioCrossroads, the Indiana life-sciences initiative.

Prior to running for office, Peterson was a member of Indiana Governor Evan Bayh’s leadership team, first as his advisor for environmental affairs and later as his Chief of Staff. Peterson joined Lilly in his current role in 2009, having earlier served as Managing Director of Strategic Capital Partners. He has also been a Fellow with the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Ball State University.

Presently, Peterson is a Fellow with Ball State’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs and a board member of the Regenstreif Foundation, Christian Theological Seminary, and Kite Realty Group. He is also a founding member and Chair of The Mind Trust, a nonprofit organization promoting educational reform, and a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council.

Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a JD from the University of Michigan.