Kevin C. Peterson is founder and executive director of The New Democracy Coalition, a non-partisan and non-profit organization that focuses on civic engagement in Massachusetts and across the United States. The New Democracy Coalition is in residence at the College for Public and Community Service at University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Mr. Peterson studied philosophy and politics at Boston University and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He has also served as a senior researcher at the William Monroe Trotter Institute in Boston. Mr. Peterson has served as a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Urban Studies Department in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He has lectured across the U.S. and in the continent of Africa, including the countries of Mali, Senegal and Morocco.
Among numerous awards, Mr. Peterson has been cited by the U.S. Congress and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The Boston City Council has declared a day in his honor. He is the recipient of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts 2012 Molly Moon Award for his work on statewide Redistricting. And has been recognized for the developing of youth programming such as The Democracy Lab and Votecorps.
Actor and humanitarian Danny Glover has praised the New Democracy Coalition for its “important and unique work.” He has appeared in national media, including Nightline, Time Magazine and the New York Times
Mr. Peterson writes a regular column in Boston Herald on politics and city affairs. He is a guest blogger black social and civic culture for Basic Black, WGBH, Boston.
He lives in the Meeting House Hill section of Dorchester, in Boston, Massachusetts.