David M. Walker
David M. Walker is president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. In this capacity he leads the foundation's efforts to promote federal financial responsibility today in order to create more opportunity tomorrow.
Prior to assuming his position with the foundation in March of 2008, Walker served as the seventh comptroller general of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for almost 10 years. This was one of Walker's three presidential appointments, each by different presidents, during his 15 years of federal service. Walker also has more than 20 years of private sector experience, including approximately 10 years as a partner and global managing director of human capital services for Arthur Andersen LLP.
In addition to his leadership responsibilities at the foundation, Walker serves on various boards and advisory groups, including as chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee, as a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's advisory committee, and as a member of the Trilateral Commission. Walker has authored three books. The most recent, Comeback America, shows how we can return to our founding principles of fiscal responsibility and stewardship for future generations. He is a frequent writer and commentator, and is a subject of the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A.