“Success is all about going from failure to failure
without losing your enthusiasm.”
- Winston Churchill, (an example of a man who persevered through his ADHD)
Neil Peterson is a successful public servant, businessman and leading advocate for the disabled in his role as the founder and Chairman of the not-for-profit Edge Foundation.
Neil has had a distinguished career in public service that has included being CEO of the public transportation agencies in the Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle metropolitan areas, as well as working for two U.S. congressmen, two governors and being a City Administrator. Neil currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Transportation Corridor Agencies (often called the Toll Roads) located in Orange County California.
Neil was the founding CEO of the highly acclaimed carsharing company Flexcar, now Zipcar (and very recently acquired by the Avis Group). Flexcar, described as "a time-share for automobiles," operates in more than twenty cities in the USA, Canada and Western Europe. The company's innovative business model helps Americans reduce their reliance upon foreign oil, fight global warming and make our cities more livable.
Neil has founded four other businesses including an international transportation consulting firm, a company providing interim executive management, a travel and tour company, and a private fishing club. During his career he has served as CEO, COO or CFO of six other companies.
Neil has a passion for the disabled and has worked diligently to help those with disabilities, as the official responsible for the state's mental health, developmental disabilities, juvenile rehabilitation and foster care services. Today, he is the Chairman of the Edge Foundation, which he founded to help children with executive functioning challenges, ADHD being the most severe.
He graduated from Williams College, and received his master's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Neil is an accomplished dancer, focusing on ballroom, Latin, Argentine tango, and West Coast swing. He travels extensively and has visited over 50 countries on six of the seven continents.
Neil has four stepchildren, two children, and two step grandchildren.
Recent Press & Interviews
Read Mike Flynn’s profile of Neil and the Edge Foundation – A foundation to aid ADHD students – Mike Flynn is the former publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal
Listen to Neil’s interview by Paul Casey which aired on Thursday, January 15, 2009 on KKNW 1150 AM
How one Island rogue wave changed a man’s life – Vancouver Times Colonist – Sunday, December 07, 2008
A rogue wave can change a man’s life – Seattle Post-Intelligencer – November 30, 2008
Neil was the featured guest on the Dave Ross Show on KIRO Radio (710 AM, 97.3 FM) Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 11 am. Listen to the interview.