Background: The Honorable Peter C. Groff is a senior adviser with Bellwether Education Partners. He is also a visiting professor and the co-director and co-founder of the master’s in public policy and administration program at the University of Redlands. Peter is a noted public policy innovator, national policy and political analyst, and leadership lecturer. He is also a policy and political consultant to numerous individuals and entities across the country and guest lectures on leadership, policy creation, and decision-making.
With more than 30 years of public service and political experiene, his prior work includes senior-level positions at the local, state, and federal government level. Senator Groff served as the 47th President of the Colorado State Senate and was the first African American to hold the position of president in the Colorado Senate. Renowned as the "conscience of the Senate," Senator Groff served in the Colorado General Assembly for nearly 10 years. During his tenure, he passed landmark legislation in education, criminal justice, and health care.
After Peter's legislative service, he served as the director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Education during the first term of President Barack H. Obama. The Center was part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Senator Groff was born in Chicago and raised in Denver. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands, a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Denver.
Why I do this work: I believe that education is one thing that consistently, constantly, and permanently changes the trajectory of one's life. Regardless of their background, everyone in America deserves a high-quality public education that prepares them for college and/or career and a transformative life. It is the very least America can do.
Experience at Bellwether: Strategic Planning; Program Evaluation / Evaluation Capacity-Building; Analysis; Business Plan Development; Policy Research and Analysis
Client segments served: Early Childhood; K-12 Schools; Postsecondary / Higher Education; CMO / Charter Schools; State Education Agencies; Government; Policy Organizations; Advocacy Groups