Public Administration
Peter  Wright

Peter Wright

Adjunct Professor

Peter serves as a Policy and Programs Officer for the California School Boards Association and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management. At CSBA he supports California’s nearly 1,000 school boards in identifying and implementing practices that improve educational outcomes for all children. Prior to joining CSBA he designed and executed the emergency preparedness and homeland security strategy for California’s 112 community colleges as the Director of Emergency Planning and Preparedness for the California Community Colleges – the larges system of higher education in the nation.

Peter was a Capital Fellow for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Working in the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, Peter led on several high level policy issues including school safety and authoring a $90 million section of the Office’s federal grant application, which brings in over a quarter billion dollars to California’s first responders.

Peter holds his Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from Occidental College in Los Angeles and is President of the Alumni Association and a Trustee of the College. After graduating from Occidental, Peter was a Teach For America corps member in North Carolina. Over 80 percent of his kindergarten students reached Teach For America’s highest bar of success by showing 1.5 years of growth in math and reading. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California and is currently finishing a PhD in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on how community engagement informs education policy and politics.