Preston “Pete” Geren

Sid W. Richardson Foundation
Fort Worth, TX

Preston “Pete” Geren is president of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, a foundation that provides grants to educational, health, human service, and cultural nonprofit organizations in Texas. He assumed the position in July 2011, after serving as senior advisor and president-elect of the Foundation since March 2010.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Geren served in the Department of Defense (2001-09) as: Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Acting Secretary of the Air Force, Under Secretary of the Army, and Secretary of the Army.

He served four terms as a United States Congressman, 12th District of Texas (1989-97), and was formerly an assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

Geren is a director of Texas Capital Bank and a member of the oversight board of the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). A lawyer and former business executive, he has held leadership positions in numerous civic, educational, business, and philanthropic organizations in Texas.

He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of Texas Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in history at UT-Austin. He studied architecture at Georgia Tech before transferring to UT.  A Fort Worth native, he is married, has three daughters and one granddaughter.