Named by the New York Times as “one of the most prominent political bloggers in the nation” and by the Washington Post as one of a handful of online experts pioneering “a whole new way of campaigning,” Peter Daou has advised leading organizations, companies and campaigns, including the United Nations Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, AARP, and Intel, among others. He directed online outreach and rapid response for John Kerry’s presidential campaign and in 2006 became Hillary Clinton’s senior digital media adviser. In 2007, he was named Internet Director for Hillary Clinton for President, where he oversaw the campaign’s online fundraising, communications and mobilization.
Peter has been cited frequently by news outlets including the Washington Post, AP, ABC News, New York Times, The Economist, Wall Street Journal and Politico. He has been a speaker and panelist at numerous conferences including Harvard Business School’s Cyberposium, Forbes MEET, and Personal Democracy Forum. His site, The Daou Report, which he published until joining Clinton’s team, was a popular blog and opinion aggregator. His widely-read analysis of netroots influence, The Triangle: Limits of Blog Power, has been described by techPresident as “a seminal essay on the interaction between the blossoming blogosphere, the political establishment, and the press.”
Peter grew up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war. He was conscripted into the Lebanese Forces at the age of 15 and served until enrolling at the American University of Beirut. Amid continuing violence in Lebanon, he moved to New York to complete his BA in Philosophy at NYU.
Prior to his career in politics, Peter was a successful record producer, artist manager and label owner, releasing albums on Sony Music and Universal. He wrote and co-produced three #1 Billboard Club singles, licensed compositions to major films and television shows, appeared on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Bjork to Mariah Carey to Miles Davis, and was featured in Keyboard, URB, Vibe, Billboard, the NY Times and Newsweek. An accomplished jazz pianist, he was part of the early jazz-electronic music scene, touring the US and Europe with prominent DJs and artists, including Moby and Guru.
Peter lives and works in New York City.