Aulana L. Peters Receives AICPA Medal of Honor

October 18, 2010

New Orleans (Oct. 18, 2010) – Aulana L. Peters, J.D., a retired partner with the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP  in Los Angeles, is the recipient of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ 2010 Medal of Honor.

Peters received the award today at the fall meeting of the AICPA governing Council.  Olivia F. Kirtley, chair of the AICPA’s Awards Committee and former AICPA chair, presented the award.


“In all her roles, Peters has strongly advocated for new and improved ways to assure the quality of the practice of accounting to protect the public interest,” stated Kirtley.

The Medal of Honor, the AICPA’s highest honor presented to a non-CPA, is awarded to an individual whose work has influenced the profession significantly. 


Peters served as a public member of the Institute’s board of directors, governing Council and as a member of the Public Oversight Board and served on its Blue Ribbon Panel on Audit Effectiveness.   She was a member of the Steering Committee for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Financial Reporting Project.


Peters was the first African-American to serve as a commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, where she took a particular interest in the accounting profession’s role in the capital markets.  She currently serves as a member of the Public Interest Oversight Board for the International Federation of Accountants and on the Accountability Advisory Council to the United States Comptroller General. 


She is a member of the board of directors at Deere & Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and 3M and is a member of the Mayo Clinic board of trustees.


Peters received an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the College of New Rochelle, N.Y., and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.