Peter Loge is an Associate Professor and the Director of External Relations in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, the founding director of the Project on Ethics in Political Communication, and a strategic communication consultant.
Loge has served in senior positions for Senator Edward Kennedy, for three members of the US House of Representatives, and in the Obama administration. Peter has led and advised a range of campaigns and organizations, put the first Member of Congress on the internet, lobbied for “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” served as a Senior Policy Advisor for health care in the US House during the debate over the Affordable Care Act, and was a Chief of Staff in the House of Representatives during the Clinton impeachment proceedings. His eclectic career also includes having a solo-show of his sculpture in a Washington, DC gallery and appearing as a political satirist on National Public Radio (The Washington Post accused Saturday Night Live of stealing one of his ideas). His book Soccer Thinking for Management Success: Lessons for Organizations from the World’s Game debuted as a #1 new release on Amazon in the summer of 2018. His edited volume, Political Communication: Theory and Practice, is due out from Rowman & Littlefield in 2020. In early, 2019 Peter launched the Project on Ethics in Political Communication to promote the study, teaching, and practice of ethics in political communication. He has lectured about ethics, strategic communication, and soccer thinking at Yale University, the University of the Basque Country, the University of Oregon, Emerson College, and elsewhere.
Prior to being appointed to the faculty at GW, Peter served as a Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in the Obama administration, a Presidentially appointed position the Commissioner created for Peter. In this role, he worked on some of the administration’s top public health priorities including the Cancer Moonshot, the Precision Medicine Initiative, the opioid crisis, and others.
From 2013 – 2015, Peter was the first vice president for external relations at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) where his portfolio included Congressional relations, intergovernmental affairs, communications, development, and the Global Peacebuilding Center. He was also part of the organization’s senior management team and was the interim liaison to the Institute’s board.
Before USIP , Peter Loge was the founder and principal at the Washington-DC based legislative strategy firm Milo Public Affairs LLC, where his clients ranged from AmericaSpeaks and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” to the World Wildlife Fund and WickedCoolStuff.com.
In 2009, Peter took a leave of absence from Milo Public Affairs to serve as a senior adviser to former U.S. Representative Steve Kagen, M.D. (D-WI) on health care reform. Peter helped Representative Kagen, a second-term Democrat from a Republican district, shape and promote his health care agenda. Peter also managed the Congressional Business Owners Caucus, a group of 50-plus Democratic Representatives who owned businesses before coming to Congress.
Before launching Milo Public Affairs, Peter was a Senior Vice President at M+R Strategic Services, a national public affairs and political consulting firm. At M+R Peter directed the Media Relations team and provided strategic counsel to a wide array of clients including the Save Darfur Coalition, Human Rights First, and the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. Before joining M+R Peter served as the first Director of The Justice Project, which helped redefine the national death penalty and criminal justice debate.
Peter has extensive experience in communications and political strategy including serving as a Regional Field Director for the Concord Coalition, as the Chief of Staff, Press Secretary, and Campaign Manager to U.S. Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA), Director of Constituent Services to former U.S. Representative Sam Coppersmith (D-AZ), and Deputy to the Chief of Staff to the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA). Peter managed Sherman’s first re-election campaign, made Coppersmith the first member of Congress with a presence on the internet in 1993, and while working for Senator Kennedy coordinated the first online chat with a federal elected official.
Peter was an adjunct instructor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the The George Washington University for more than a decade before joining the faculty full-time. He has been quoted in local and national media, has provided analysis and commentary for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, Fox, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, and other national and international media outlets, and his writing has been published by the Drake Law Review, Campaigns & Elections, The Hill newspaper, the IJ Review, the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations, and others. He has spoken at universities and colleges from Yale the the University of the Basque Country and is featured in the award-winning political documentary Split: A Divided America.
Peter’s wide-ranging career includes: serving a term as the President of the Emerson College Alumni Association; holding the elected position of Vice Chair of the Maricopa County Democratic Party (Phoenix, AZ); serving as director of forensics at Clemson University; teaching at Arizona State University, Emerson College and elsewhere; appearing as a political satirist on National Public Radio and the BBC World Service; having his sculpture shown in galleries in Washington, DC; serving as board chair of DC Scores; helping found and serve on the boards of America Scores, NEXT PAC, Good Works PAC, Equal Justice USA, and ServeNext; and reporting for The Business Journal in Phoenix, AZ. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communication at Shepherd University.
Peter is a graduate of Emerson College and holds graduate degrees from Syracuse University and Arizona State University. Peter is a recipient of the Walter Littlefield Distinguished Speaker and Rhetoric and Communication Award, the Phi Alpha Tau Distinguished Alumni Award, the Heart of Lion Athletics Alumni Award, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Emerson College, is an Associate Fellow of Timothy Dwight College at Yale University, and a member of the board of advisors for the Stubblefield Institute at Shepherd University.