Peter Gordon



Director of Federal Affairs

Americans for the Arts


Peter Gordon is the director of federal affairs at Americans for the Arts, where he develops and promotes the federal legislative agenda of Americans for the Arts to Congress and the administration. This includes direct lobbying; proposing, monitoring, and analyzing legislation; working in formal and informal coalitions; organizing strategic events; and mobilizing Americans for the Arts’ grassroots members and constituencies.

Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Peter served as the Associate Director of Government Relations for the Council on Foundations, where he focused on tax policy and advocated on behalf of foundations on Capitol Hill. Before joining the Council, he was a Government Relations Specialist for the National Association of College Stores in Washington, DC.

Previously, Peter worked on Capitol Hill—for over four years—in both the Senate, as a Staff Assistant for former Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), and the House, as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA).

Peter has presented on the importance of advocacy at several conferences—at the national, regional, and state level—and on webinars.

Peter grew up in Massachusetts and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a BA in History and Political Science from Williams College. During college, he worked at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance, where he developed at deep appreciation for the arts.

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