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 "police beat." He was named the "Most Outstanding Recruit" at the Chicago Police Academy. His work has been recognized for addressing crime surrounding vacant housing. He is also a spokesperson for Chicago's community-policing program and serves on the city's Crisis Intervention Team.
Pete is a Lieutenant in the Illinois Army National Guard. He originally enlisted as an active-duty paratrooper with the Army's Chaplain Corps, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, under the National Call to Service program. Prior to earning his commission, Pete served as a Staff Sergeant and a Civil Affairs Team Leader in the Army Reserve.
Pete served as a middle school teacher at Visitation Catholic School. In return for only $5 per day in spending money, 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. As an AmeriCorps educator, he was a resident of the city's Fuller Park community.
After serving in the classroom, Pete transitioned to community organizing with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. In this capacity, he worked as the Education Coordinator for Albany Park's North River Commission. As a nonprofit leader in one of America's "most ethnically-diverse neighborhoods," he helped raise more than $2.45 million in financial resources to improve teacher training and support after-school programs. He also helped elect dozens of neighbors as Local School Council representatives in the midst of the largest school closure in the history of American public education.
Juris Doctor and Master in Public Policy
Pete earned advanced degrees in law and public policy from Loyola University Chicago. As a student, he served as an extern in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He also learned trial advocacy skills from United States District Court Judge Virginia MKendall.
As a community leader, Pete volunteered as a Street Law mentor and taught basic legal principles to students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools. He was also named to the Dean's List at Loyola University Chicago's School of Law.
Master in Urban Planning and Policy