Joel C. Peterson


Joel C. Peterson is the chairman of the Hoover Institution's Board of Overseers.

Joel Peterson has been on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University since 1992, teaching courses in real estate investment, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Peterson is also the Chairman of the Board at JetBlue Airways and the Founding Partner and Chairman of Peterson Partners, a Salt Lake City-based investment management firm with $1 billion under management. Peterson Partners has invested in over 200 companies through 13 funds in four primary asset classes: growth-oriented private equity, venture capital, real estate, and search funds. Joel is also on the boards of Franklin Covey and Packsize.

Prior to Stanford Business School and founding Peterson Partners, Joel was Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow Company, then the world’s largest private commercial real estate development firm.  Joel earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and received his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, where he was valedictorian and student body president.

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Analysis and Commentary

Why Effective Leaders Ignore Their To-Do Lists

by Joel C. Petersonvia
Monday, April 16, 2018

The to-do list can become the boulder in a modern version of the myth of Sisyphus. You may recall the Greek myth in which the hero was condemned for eternity to the hideous punishment of pushing a boulder up a mountain only to see it roll down every time he neared the top.

CEO Robin Hayes and Hoover Institution board member Joel Peterson
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How JetBlue Does It

interview with Robin Hayes, Joel C. Petersonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Staying competitive in a precarious industry.

Analysis and Commentary

Some Unsolicited Advice For President Trump

by Joel C. Petersonvia LinkedIn
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Yesterday, America’s shareholders came off the fence to reject what they considered a known, but unacceptable, risk in favor of an unknown one.


Why People Stayed “On The Fence” This Election

by Joel C. Petersonvia LinkedIn
Monday, November 7, 2016

On Tuesday, Americans will elect a President that fully two-thirds of them don’t trust.