Public Interest Architect Joins Board of Trustees at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California

Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) has elected John Peterson as one of the newest members of its Board of Trustees. Mr. Peterson is the founder and president of Public Architecture, an organization that focuses on improving communities by putting the resources of built environment designers in the service of public interest.

When Mr. Peterson learned about CPIC’s built environment research to investigate how the structures and infrastructures of neighborhoods can impact individual health choices, he was especially motivated to support CPIC’s mission.

“The built environment’s role in the health of individuals and populations is a very promising area of research and CPIC is leading the way in this exciting and important direction in cancer prevention,” said Mr. Peterson. “My organization’s involvement with design and health outcomes has been growing rapidly and I am eager to use these insights to help develop new ways to support CPIC’s valuable mission.”

Mr. Peterson joins 13 other Trustees who work toward CPIC’s mission of preventing cancer and reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. Part of Mr. Peterson’s duties will include serving on Board committees for the organization.

“John is a logical choice for the way we’re growing out our board expertise at CPIC,” said Samuel Bronfman II, Chairman of the CPIC Board of Trustees. “CPIC is at the forefront of studying the built environment’s impact on cancer and cancer risk rates and John’s perspective will be invaluable there. A disease like cancer is affected by a multitude of interconnections. The environment is one factor, and changes there can have a large impact. So, we welcome John’s expertise.”

Mr. Peterson is also the principal of Peterson Architects in San Francisco and an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts. The recipient of numerous design and social innovation awards, he speaks internationally about the role that the design of the built environment has in improving underserved communities. Mr. Peterson has degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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About the Cancer Prevention Institute of California The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. CPIC tracks patterns of cancer throughout the entire population and identifies those at risk for developing cancer. Its research scientists are leaders in investigating the causes of cancer in large populations to advance the development of prevention-focused interventions. CPIC’s innovative cancer prevention research and education programs, together with the Stanford Cancer Institute, deliver a comprehensive arsenal for defeating cancer. For more information, visit CPIC’s official website at


Serena Espinosa
Cancer Prevention Institute of California

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