Peter Wilderotter

Title
President & Chief Executive Officer
Company
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Bio
Wilderotter joined the Reeve Foundation in 2005 and is an advocacy trailblazer who helped form the movement to improve the health and well-being of the 6-million Americans living with paralysis—in his words, the last great civil rights struggle. Wilderotter led the development and roll-out of innovative programs that include Team Reeve for volunteers to participate in national athletic competitions, as well as community-based events and celebrations that benefit the Reeve Foundation. He also created and grew the Reeve Foundation’s Champions Committee, which engages young new philanthropic leaders through events, fundraising, and awareness campaigns in the Greater New York City area. Wilderotter has a 30-year track record of innovation and success in the non-profit sector. After conquering cancer as a teen, Wilderotter organized a team of his fellow college students who rolled a beer barrel from Poughkeepsie to Newark and back to raise money to fund research. The local cancer society board took notice and asked him to join them, leading to a position upon graduation as Development Director and later Area Director for the Essex County, New Jersey unit of the American Cancer Society. Wilderotter served as Vice President at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and also worked for the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund where, as Director of Development and Public Relations, he spearheaded a historic endowment campaign. Before joining the Reeve Foundation, Wilderotter also served as Vice President of Development at WNYC Radio where he restructured the membership department and doubled the station’s income, winning numerous national awards for station growth, direct response results, and program design for on-air drives. He also led an ambitious campaign to replace the station’s transmitters after they were destroyed on September 11, 2001. Wilderotter is a founding member of the Rattlestick Theatre Company in New York City and is a seasoned marathon runner who completed his eleventh race in London on behalf of Team Reeve. He served as Chairman of the Board of America’s Charities and on the Government Relations Committee of the Independent Sector. He is currently a Trustee of St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, NJ, his alma mater, and is the devoted father of four.