Pete Peterson, Dean, Braun Family Dean’s Chair at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy

Pete Peterson is a leading national speaker and writer on issues related to civic participation, and the use of technology to make government more responsive and transparent.  

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Overview

The Brand Called You is pleased to welcome senior educator from the US, Pete Peterson. Pete is the Dean of Braun Family Dean’s Chair at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. He was the Republican candidate for California Secretary of State in 2014. He is a national speaker and writer on issues related to civic participation. He’s an author and blogger too! Pete is recognized and awarded globally. 

Public policy, which can be generally described as a set of governmental laws, regulations, and measures in response to issues, is a very vital part of every country. Formulating good public policy can essentially and positively build a state.  As a public policy professional, this conversation revolves around Pete’s career and some interesting discussions around public policy. Pete talks about the degree offered at the Pepperdine University School and how the students are placed at federal positions to get hands-on experiences. Pete believes that taking up responsibilities in order to look into public issues is a very important role of public policy professionals. A Republican candidate for the Secretary of State, Pete shares his experiences while running for office. He also strongly advises his students to take up public sector responsibilities. They discuss the role of lawmakers in shaping public policy and the changes professionals can bring about. Pete also talks about the challenges faced globally with respect to public policy.

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Profile

Pete Peterson is a leading national speaker and writer on issues related to civic participation, and the use of technology to make government more responsive and transparent. He 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. Peterson has also consulted on several of these projects with local governments and has directly facilitated public meetings.

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 3,000 municipal officials, and he also co-created and co-facilitates the seminar, “Gov 2.0: What Public Officials Need to Know,” which explores the ways in which technology is changing local government processes. Peterson recently co-developed the new Professional Certificate, “Leading Smart Communities,” with govtech practitioner Dr. Jonathan Reichental.

In 2017, SPP launched a new initiative titled the “American Project: On the Future of Conservatism”, which is co-directed by Dean Peterson and Rich Tafel. The “Project” is a unique effort to gather scholars and activists from a variety of points on the conservative spectrum to deliberate over, write about, and discuss the future of the conservative movement.

Peterson writes widely on public engagement for a variety of major news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as numerous blogs. He is a regular guest on the “Politics Roundtable” with host Larry Mantle on KPCC radio. He has also helped write several survey-based reports on the subject, including “Testing the Waters: California’s Local Officials Experiment with New Ways to Engage the Public” (in collaboration with the League of California Cities), and the “California Civic Health Index” (in collaboration with the National Conference on Citizenship). He contributed the chapter, “Place As Pragmatic Policy” to the edited volume, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America (New Atlantis Books, 2014), and the chapter “Do-It Ourselves Citizenship” in the volume, Localism in the Mass Age (Wipf & Stock, 2018).

Pete has been a public affairs fellow at The Hoover Institution, and he serves on the Leadership Councils of the Public Policy Institute of California and California Forward, and on the boards of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Da Vinci Charter Schools.

Peterson was the Republican candidate for California Secretary of State in 2014.

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