Pete Peterson is the Braun Family Dean of Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy. Prior to this he was the executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement at the School where he remains a senior fellow. Pete writes and speaks widely on civic participation and public sector leadership.
He serves on the board of the bipartisan political reform organization, California Forward, as well as the National Advisory Board for Civic Education hosted by the Ashbrook Center, and the advisory council for the Rumsfeld Graduate Fellows program. He recently joined the Scholars Council for the bipartisan dialogue organization, Braver Angels, and has served on the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, organized by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, since 2018.
Peterson earned his BA in History at The George Washington University and his MPP at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy.
He was the Republican nominee for California Secretary of State in 2014.