Peter Belden


Peter has recently co-founded Upstream ( a new nonprofit that is helping more health centers offer the full range of contraceptive methods. Previously, Peter served eight years at the Hewlett Foundation as Program Officer in the Global Development and Population Program, leading the grantmaking for family planning and reproductive rights in the US. He brings with him twenty years of experience focused on population and reproductive health. Before joining the Foundation, Peter managed a Planned Parenthood clinic in San Mateo, CA, leading fourteen staff serving over one thousand family planning clients each month. Prior to that, Peter served for two years as Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in San Jose, California.

Peter has also worked abroad, spending a summer in Mali at Population Services International, where he wrote a marketing plan and developed indicators for a franchising pilot project. During his two-year tenure as a fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Population, in Washington, D.C., Peter traveled in India, Nepal, and Kenya to evaluate projects in those countries. After completing the fellowship at USAID Peter was hired as the National Wildlife Federation’s Population Specialist.

Peter is a member of the Board of Directors of Teen Success and has previously served as Vice-Chair of the Board of the California Family Health Council and Chair of the Board of Directors of Virginia NARAL.

Peter received an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford and a BA with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. Peter is fluent in French and conversant in Mandarin Chinese. He enjoys obscure sports, particularly squash, scuba diving and windsurfing.