Tag Archives: Public Policy

Former GW Crew Captain Goes the Distance

Brian Klippenstein

Brian Klippenstein ’86 has completed over 50 marathons, including over a dozen 50-milers and four single-day 100-milers.

This former Captain of GW men’s team, Dad Vail medalist and four year varsity crew alumni grew up in Northwest Missouri on a 5,000 acre registered beef cattle farm.  He’s worked  for  ranches and shown cattle  from Canada to Argentina. Professionally, he has leveraged that farming and agriculture experience – plus more than 25 years in a variety of U.S. Congressional Staff roles – and is currently Executive Director of Protect the Harvest.

Brian and his wife Jackie have two kids and live on a small livestock farm outside of Platte City, MO – where, despite being landlocked, Brian also manages to compete in off-shore sailboat racing.

Pete Peterson ’89 Thought Leader on Civic Engagement

Pete Peterson

Pete Peterson ’89 was the Republican candidate for California Secretary of State in 2014. Over the course of Pete’s campaign, he received endorsements from 14 of the top 15 newspapers in California. The Los Angeles Times got behind Pete as did the San Francisco Chronicle, who recognized Pete as “refreshing” with credentials and enthusiasm that are perfectly tailored.

As a four-year GW Crew team member, Pete became active in civic engagement after more than 15 years working in the private sector.

Currently, Pete is Executive Director of Pepperdine University’s Davenport Institute. He is a nationally-recognized speaker and writer on public engagement and is writes for a variety major news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as Rightly Understood and numerous blogs. He has also been a contributing author to “Place As Pragmatic Policy” and “Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America” (New Atlantis Books, 2014).

He lives with his wife in Malibu, CA where Pete waits for his beloved Green Bay Packers to win another Super Bowl.