Peter Swords is the president of the nonprofit coordinating committee of New York, an umbrella group of New York Section 501(c)(3) organizations, devoted to improving and protecting the city's nonprofit sector.
Previously, Swords was an associate dean at Columbia Law School for 14 years. He lectures frequently in the area of nonprofit law and liability insurance. Swords serves on the boards of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center; the Center for the Study of Philanthropy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; the Lawyers Alliance; the Correctional & Osborne Associations; the La Mama Theatre; and the Human Services Council of New York City.
Swords is chair of the Public Policy Committee of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations and is on the advisory committee of Charity Lobbying in the Public Interest, a project of the Independent Sector. He teaches courses at Columbia on nonprofit institutions at the Law School and Law and Teachers College.
He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Harvard College.