Peter Hecker, JD'73


Peter Hecker is a retired lawyer, who practiced business litigation with New York City and San Francisco based law firms for 42 years. He is a 1970 graduate of Carleton College, Magna Cum Laude, with Distinction in Comparative Modern Literature, and a 1973 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Order of the Coif. He and his wife Cynthia live in North Berkeley. They have two adult daughters. 

As an adoptive parent since 1983, Peter has a long-standing interest in social welfare issues, particularly as they relate to families and children. Even before then, in the late 1970s, he served on the Board of Directors of Children’s Garden, a Marin County based child care agency, serving abused and neglected children. Peter also sat on the Board of Trustees of Arrowsmith Academy in Berkeley in the late 1990s. His wife Cynthia is a 2005 graduate of UC’s School of Social Welfare. 

In his spare time, Peter enjoys international travel (including frequent trips to Israel, where one of his daughters lives with her family), reading, cinema, art and architecture.