About Peter


Peter’s journey has taken him from the war zone of Beirut to an advisory role in the war rooms of two U.S. presidential campaigns. Growing up in Lebanon, he lived through a decade of sectarian violence and faced mandatory military service as a teenager. He attended the American University of Beirut for two years, traveling through an active combat zone to get to classes. He transferred to New York University to pursue his BA in philosophy and has gone on to attain national recognition in three fields, first as a producer/engineer, next as a blogger and activist, and then as a digital strategist. Peter has been described by the New York Times as “one of the most prominent political bloggers in the nation.” He has advised major political figures, including Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Arlen Specter. Working with the Clinton Global Initiative since its inception, he has organized media roundtables for President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. He is presently a strategic adviser to organizations and campaigns and lives and works in Manhattan.

Background

Peter lived in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, a conflict that took over 150,000 lives. He survived artillery bombardment, gun battles, and sniper fire and was steps away from the American embassy when it was demolished by a suicide bomber. At fifteen years old, he was conscripted into the Lebanese Forces – a Christian militia – and received combat training for three years. He moved to New York City in the 1980s.

Music

During the 90s, Peter was a sought-after keyboardist, engineer and producer, appearing on recordings by Bjork, Miles Davis, Diana Ross and Mariah Carey, among many others. An accomplished jazz pianist, he was signed to Columbia and Universal, producing three #1 Billboard Club singles. He toured and performed with prominent DJs, including Moby, and was featured in Spin, TIME, Vibe, and Billboard.

Advocacy

Peter rose to prominence as a political blogger in the aftermath of the 2000 election. His widely-read essay, The Triangle, was described by techPresident as “a seminal essay on the interaction between the blogosphere, the political establishment, and the press.” He has been cited by major news outlets and has spoken at numerous conferences, including Harvard Business School’s Cyberposium and PDF. 

Advising

Peter was among the first Internet staffers to work in a presidential campaign war room, directing online outreach for John Kerry’s 2004 campaign. For his work in the political blogosphere, the Washington Post said Peter had helped pioneer “a whole new way of campaigning.” In 2007, he was named Internet Director for Hillary Clinton for President and remained an adviser until 2009.