Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pete Peterson – Featured Speaker at 2013 CPBB Annual Conference – Announces Candidacy for California Secretary of State

Pete Peterson has played a major role in our work at the Center for Priority Based Budgeting. Fundamental to Priority Based Budgeting is our belief that better decisions result from a more explicit link between community values and the allocation of scarce resources. Through his work for Common Sense California, where he served as Executive Director, to his leadership at the Davenport Institute of Public Policy (again, as Executive Director), Pete brought us closer to what legitimate citizen engagement is all about.

He has challenged us to explore new ways of reaching citizens in a digital age, when online civic engagement can reach people like never before. And he's pushed us to pursue an honest, transparent, and open dialogue with citizens in the budget process – finding better, easier and more thoughtful ways to invite public participation and influence on decision-making. In short, Pete has played a pivotal role in the local government revolution that is Priority Based Budgeting.

We are so pleased to have Pete Peterson keynote the 2013 CPBB Annual Conference as he presents "The Power of Legitimate Citizen Engagement" this year in Washington, D.C. We're grateful for the role Pete has played in our work.

"A Summit of Leading Practices"

July 9 & 10, 2013     Arlington, VA     Hilton Crystal City Hotel

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Monday, April 22, 2013

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Davenport Institute Executive Director Pete Peterson Announces Bid for California Secretary of State

(Santa Monica, CA)- Today, Executive Director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University officially announced his bid for California Secretary of State.

“Nationwide, the relationship between government and citizens is fundamentally changing, and California is in desperate need of reform. With many Californians struggling to make ends meet or worrying about their economic future, it is crucial we encourage public engagement inside and outside of the voting booth,” said Secretary of State candidate Pete Peterson. “Using technology to encourage voter registration, voter turnout, and government transparency will increase public involvement in the democratic process. Working with governments from La Mesa to Eureka, I have seen informed Californians make better decisions than government alone, and we must bring these concepts and technologies to the state-level. I see this office as a means to change the direction of California, not as a stepping stone for professional politicians.”

Pete 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, where he is Executive Director. Peterson also co-created and currently co-facilitates the training seminar, "Public Engagement: The Vital Leadership Skill in Difficult Times," which has helped over 500 public sector officials lead better, more participatory public processes.

Pete has worked around the state consulting with governments from Bell to Vallejo to improve how they engage their residents in policy-making on issues ranging from the budget to water policy. Pete has also consulted with municipal government in the use of online public engagement and data visualization platforms. Pete also teaches a masters’ class at Pepperdine University entitled “Leadership through Public Engagement.”

Peterson earned his BA in history from George Washington University, and a Masters in Public Policy from Pepperdine University. He currently serves on the advisory committees to the Institute for Local Government’s Public Engagement Program (League of California Cities), the California Civic Innovation Project, and the University Network for Collaborative Governance.

Prior to his work in public engagement, Peterson worked in the marketing/graphic communications industry for a dozen years, consulting with clients ranging from American Express to Kenneth Cole. Pete lives in Santa Monica with his wife, Gina, and daughter, Elsa.

Visit www.petesos.com for more information.

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