Pete Weldy brings extensive experience and insights to large-scale communication campaigns and works with California’s largest corporations and nonprofit organizations to support their engagement with local and state government. He brings a deep knowledge of local, state, and federal policy matters and bridges the divide between wonkish policy and practical politics to effectively communicate with the diverse California electorate.
Pete is a skilled communicator, public speaker, and strategic planner who has worked with many community-based organizations, elected officials, and business leaders in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Sacramento. He has also worked closely with the country’s largest philanthropies and nonprofits to impact policymakers on issues relating to early childhood development, K-12 education, affordable housing, homelessness, transportation, and immigration.
Prior to joining California Strategies, Pete served as the Director of Public Policy at Silicon Valley Community Foundation where he led lobbying, strategic initiatives, policy development, and other public affairs activities for the largest community foundation in the United Sates. Pete supported the development and implementation of policies designed to address the most pressing community needs, including finding solutions for Silicon Valley’s homelessness and motor home crisis. He also worked closely with California state legislators to protect the privacy and operations of California’s philanthropic institutions.
Pete also led Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s successful Choose Children 2018 campaign, a multi-million-dollar effort to make young children and families a priority in the 2018 California Governor’s race. He managed more than a dozen staff and consultants, built relationships with gubernatorial campaigns and candidates, navigated nuanced political dynamics, and constructed ambitious policy agendas. He also proposed and planned the largest televised debate in California history, watched by more than a million Californians, and hosted in partnership with NBC, Chuck Todd, KQED, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pete has also served in numerous executive positions in Indiana state government, including as the Director of Policy and Research at the Department of Education and Chief Legislative Aid to the Democratic Leader in the House of Representatives.
At the Indiana Department of Education, he served on the Superintendent’s executive cabinet and worked to draft Indiana’s State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act. He also worked closely with the Superintendent to craft a new strategic plan for the Department, developed an alternative school accountability system, navigated the process for the state to adopt a new assessment system, managed the Superintendent’s efforts to address the state’s teacher shortage, administered a $70 million grant distributed as bonuses to 64,000 teachers, drafted legislation for Indiana to build a universal pre-kindergarten system, and lobbied legislators to support the Department’s budget requests. He also has an intimate knowledge of longitudinal data systems and the complex legal instruments required for compliance with FERPA.
In 2016, Pete served as a senior policy advisor to the Democratic nominee for Governor, John Gregg, and wrote the education platform for the Indiana Democratic Party. He also led the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s effort to expand early childhood programs around the state.
Pete is a former teacher and received his BA in Music and Education from Butler University in Indianapolis. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Karla.