Pete serves as a Patrolman and Field Training Officer in the Chicago Police Department. As a Patrolman, he is responsible for safeguarding the city's Little Village and North Lawndale communities. As a Field Training Officer, he teaches and mentors junior officers in Chicago's most violent neighborhood. He was named the "Most Outstanding Recruit" at the Chicago Police Academy. His work has been recognized for addressing crime surrounding vacant housing. He has also served as a spokesperson for Chicago's largest community-policing program involving youth and sports. Moreover, Pete is a member of the city's Crisis Intervention Team, trained to help citizens experiencing mental illness, and is a Naloxone-qualified first responder, trained to combat America’s opioid epidemic.
Pete is a Lieutenant in the Illinois Army National Guard. He originally enlisted as an active-duty paratrooper with the Army's Chaplain Corps, under the National Call to Service program. Prior to earning his commission, Pete served as a Staff Sergeant and Civil Affairs Team Leader in the Army Reserve.
Pete served as a middle school teacher at Visitation Catholic School. As an educator, he dedicated himself to creating an inquiry-based science curriculum. He also served as a youth football coach at the Chicago Park District's O'Hallaren Park and volunteered as an assistant basketball coach at The Faith Community of St. Sabina.
He would later work on behalf of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. In this capacity, he was an education organizer for Albany Park's North River Commission. While serving one of America's "most ethnically-diverse neighborhoods," he helped raise more than $2.45 million in financial resources to support after-school programs and additional teacher training. He also coordinated the campaigns for dozens of neighbors to serve as Local School Council representatives.
Juris Doctor and Master in Public Policy
Pete served as an extern in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He learned trial advocacy skills from United States District Court Judge Virginia M. Kendall. He also taught basic legal principles to students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools.
Master in Urban Planning and Policy