Pete Peterson

Executive Director, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, Pepperdine School of Public Policy

Pete Peterson was the first executive director of the bi-partisan organization, Common Sense California, which in 2010 joined with the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy to become the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership.

Mr. Peterson has been a public affairs fellow at The Hoover Institution, and he serves on the Leadership Councils of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and California Forward, and on the advisory committees of the University Network for Collaborative Governance, and the Institute for Local Government.

In 2008, he developed the organization's annual Public Engagement Grant Program, which has provided over $300,000.00 in grants over the last several years to dozens of municipal governments across California. He has also consulted on several of these projects with local governments, and has directly facilitated public meetings. Mr. Peterson has co-created and currently co-facilitates the training seminar, "Public Engagement: The Vital Leadership Skill in Difficult Times" – a program that has been attended by over 1,000 municipal officials. Peterson created, and is the executive editor of the Institute's two main blogs: "inCommon", and "Gov2.0Watch".

Mr. Peterson earned his BA in history from George Washington University, and an MPP from Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy. Mr. Peterson resides in Malibu.