Peter Thompson is a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he focuses on effective leadership for social and urban policy issues. Prior to coming to Harvard, he was Chairman of the Professional Development Committee of the Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education to the New York City Department of Education, a post to which he was appointed by the Schools Chancellor in 2009. In addition to chairing the Professional Development Committee he also chaired the Council’s Competition Committee, which he created to increase the participation rate of high school students in academic competitions. His work in education also includes serving on several advisory boards and leading The Good Ground Project, a nonprofit he founded in 2006 dedicated to introducing young people to entrepreneurship. Prior to his work in education, he had an extensive career in finance working in various industries and companies, including BlackRock, American Broadcasting Company, Miramax Films and Morgan Stanley. He graduated magna cum laude from Temple University, where he was awarded the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. Peter looks forward to working with the CPL and the SAB to discover and employ innovative ways that enable Harvard Kennedy School students to grasp, appreciate and apply true leadership in their professional careers.