Diane Peters joins Crowdfunding Platform Kickstarter as General Counsel
Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform that has helped launch billion-dollar companies, has hired Diane Peters (pictured) as their new general counsel. In her new role, Peters leads the legal team and the trust & safety team. She is also a member of the leadership team supporting the board of directors and senior management.
Peters comes to Kickstarter after serving as General Counsel, Director, and Board Secretary at Creative Commons, where she led their legal team for more than 12 years. Peters joined Creative Commons after working with Mozilla as a Counsel. She also previously worked in a number of private practices both in the US and overseas.
Peters is a co-founder and co-chair of the steering committee for the Open Covid Pledge, an initiative by Creative Commons last year to remove obstacles to intellectual property that serve the public interest during the coronavirus pandemic. She is also the director of the Software Freedom Law Center and A Senior Policy Fellow at the American University Washington College of Law, the first law school in the country founded by women. Peters also served for two years at NASA Space Science as a consultant on the Committee on Best Practice for a Future Open Code Policy
Since Kickstarter’s launch on April 28, 2009, 20 million people have backed a project, $5.9 billion has been pledged, and 202,612 projects have been funded. In 2015 Kickstarter became a Public Benefit Corporation—a for-profit company that prioritizes positive outcomes for society as much as our shareholders.