Sunday, November 29, 2015


November 30, 2015
BOSTON, MA – XLP Capital is pleased to announce that Margaret Peterlin has joined as Managing Director. In this role, Margaret will become an integral part of XLP's advisory, investment, and incubation services and contribute to the firm's expansion in the Northeast. Margaret is a proven, dynamic leader who has  flexibly-transitioned across multiple sectors, having served in the U.S. Navy, clerked for a Federal Appeals Judge, served as senior staff on Capitol Hill, managed the US Patent and Trademark Office, and most-recently managed intellectual capital and technology strategy at Mars, Inc. Margaret has extensive experience with administrative law as well as deep operations exposure to Federal agencies, including the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, and Health and Human Services. An entrepreneur within large organizations, Ms. Peterlin is able to connect the talents of those around her into clear strategies and then drive operational follow-through.

Prior to joining XLP, Ms. Peterlin served as the CEO of Profectus Global Corp., a consulting firm that provides senior-level government and business advice to clients in a range of industries, from a major food corporation to research labs. Ms. Peterlin has served as the Technology Strategy Officer at Mars, Inc., a global Staff Officer position accountable for identifying policies, processes, and tools to maximize return on investment for food-related technology. At the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Ms. Peterlin served as the Deputy Undersecretary for Intellectual Property (IP) and the Deputy Director of the USPTO. In her role, Ms. Peterlin effectively operated as the Chief Operating Officer for the USPTO, providing leadership to over 9,700 employees, 2,600 contractors, and the management of a $2.1B budget. Prior to these positions, Ms. Peterlin served as a Policy Analyst and Counsel for Legal Policy for the Speaker of the House, eventually serving as his National Security Advisor. This position was subsequent to her service as the General Counsel and Policy Analyst for the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.  

Ms. Peterlin proudly followed her father's example of military service and began her career as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy. In her Navy career, she served as both a Command Administrative Officer and a Communications Officer. Ms. Peterlin achieved the highest Communications Ashore qualifications one year early, setting the Command standard, and graduated first in the Legal Officer Course. Ms. Peterlin was selected to serve as a White House Social Aide (1 of 12 Navy-wide) and among her awards are the Navy Commendation and Navy Achievement Medals. 

Her formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree from The College of Holy Cross on a four-year scholarship. She also received her JD from The University of Chicago, The Law School, where she graduated with honors and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the The Chicago Journal of International Law. Following graduation she served as a judicial clerk for The Honorable Jerry E. Smith, for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

About XLP Capital
XLP Capital is a technology development, venture investment, and strategy advisory firm. Headquartered in Boston, MA with offices in New York, NY and Arlington, VA, XLP takes an engineering-based, hands-on approach to strategic technology investment and advisory work. It applies sophisticated management science to a hands-on, deal-driven approach to technology investment. Whether via the application of high-throughput computational science techniques, rapid prototyping or advanced technology landscaping and analytics, XLP focuses on creating value and wealth through its technology investments. These investments take multiple forms, including venture investing, shareholder activism and corporate innovation programs. For more information, please visit or contact us at