Aulana Peters, a retired partner with a Los Angeles law firm, received the American Institute of CPAs’ 2010 Medal of Honor.

The Medal of Honor is the AICPA’s highest honor presented to a non-CPA whose work has influenced the profession significantly.

Peters received the award Monday during the Fall Meeting of the AICPA governing council here.

Peters served as a public member of the Institute’s board of directors, governing council and as a member of the Public Oversight Board. She also served on its Blue Ribbon Panel on Audit Effectiveness and was a member of the Steering Committee for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Financial Reporting Project.

Peters was the first African-American to serve as a commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she took an interest in capital markets. She is currently a member of the Public Interest Oversight Board for the International Federation of Accountants and the Accountability Advisory Council to the U.S. Comptroller General.

“I am flattered and humbled by this award,” Peters said. “It marks a high point in my 30-plus-year legal career that has linked with the accounting profession. It is very nice to receive an award for something you love doing. I look forward to working with you in the future and in the public interest. Thank you so much for this honor.”

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