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Peter Klein OPC '80

The Alumni Award of Merit is given to a graduate of the William Penn Charter School whose character and outstanding achievement have reflected lasting credit upon this school.

Peter Klein’s career has included 30 years in corporate finance in the technology industry, followed by a focus on improving the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s disease.

After graduating from Penn Charter in 1980, Peter Klein earned a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA in finance from the University of Washington. He worked at Microsoft from 2002 to 2013 and was chief financial officer for five of those years. Next, Klein became chief financial officer of WME, a leading entertainment and sports marketing firm. Since leaving WME in 2014, he has advised technology companies and currently serves on six boards of directors, including two public companies.

In 2015, Klein was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Since then he has also focused his energy on improving the lives of those affected by the disease. He serves on the board of directors of Denali Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company working on treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS. Peter is also an active supporter of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the leading nonprofit focused on curing Parkinson’s. In Philadelphia, Klein and his family have helped create the Klein Family Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center at MossRehab, part of the Einstein Healthcare Network.