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Peter Cunningham
Peter Cunningham Senior Advisor Chicago

Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham specializes in message, strategy, public affairs communications and speechwriting. He has worked for private and public sector clients, political candidates, non-profits and governments at the local, state and federal level. He joined Kivvit in 2019.

Prior to joining Kivvit, Peter briefly worked on John Hickenlooper's presidential campaign in the summer of 2019 and for Bill Daley's campaign for Mayor of Chicago in the fall of 2018 and the winter of 2019. Previously, Peter founded and ran a non-profit, Education Post, advocating for improving public education. Peter served as Assistant Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration (2009-12). In the early 2000's he was a consultant to the Chicago Public Schools and Ariel Capital, a financial services firm in Chicago. In the 1990's, Peter worked for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in several different communications roles and also worked for political consultant and current CNN contributor David Axelrod. During the 1980's Peter worked in journalism on the East Coast and in Chicago.

He is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia University School of Journalism. A native New Yorker, Peter lives in Chicago with his wife, an artist, and is the proud parent of two Chicago Public Schools graduates. In his spare time he plays music and tennis, and occasionally builds something wooden in his garage workshop.