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Peggy A. Hoyle

(703) 292-8060
(703) 292-9242
W 18211
Deputy General Counsel


Ms. Hoyle joined NSF as Deputy General Counsel in September of 2012. Prior to her appointment as Deputy General Counsel, Ms. Hoyle served as an Attorney Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development, providing legal support for the Agencys science, technology and innovation initiatives.

She began her career in public service clerking for the Honorable John MacKenzie in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. She later joined the Department of State, where she served as Attorney Advisor for legislation and foreign assistance. She was promoted to Senior Advisor for Policy for the Departments Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance. Ms. Hoyle received a Special Interagency Act Award from the Secretary of State for her work in that office, as well as Superior Honor Awards for her support of the US global HIV/AIDS programs and for foreign assistance reform.

Ms. Hoyles tenure in the private sector included international and litigation practices at the law firms of Dewey & LeBoeuf and Morrison & Foerster.

Ms. Hoyle graduated with a J.D./LLM from Duke University School of Law. She earned a Ph.D. in political geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she taught in the geography and law departments. She also served on the faculty at the University of Asmara, Eritrea, where she conducted her Ph.D. field work.