Pete Ronayne

Before joining CCL, Pete spent 15 years as a dean and senior faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville, Virginia. While at FEI, he directed the flagship Leadership for a Democratic Society program, launched FEI’s Center for Global Leadership, and co-founded the institute’s “NeuroFed” program on neuroscience and leadership. He also led a significant expansion of experiential leadership programs for public sector executives, creating innovative partnerships with The American Shakespeare Center, The US Holocaust Museum, Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School, and the University of Virginia Art Museum.

Pete has worked across the full range of the Federal sector, designing and delivering programs and presenting in the areas of neuroscience and leadership,leading change, global leadership, leading across generations, and the future of public service and governance.

A Senior Faculty member and Portfolio Manager at the Center for Creative Leadership, Pete’s multidisciplinary background and experience serves the Center in his design and delivery responsibilities for open enrollment and custom programs, and various Global Solutions clients, with a focus on public sector leadership and organizational development.

Pete earned a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia and has a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University. He also participated in a certificate program offered jointly by the NeuroLeadership Institute and Middlesex University.

Pete is an adjunct professor and advisory board member at several leading universities and institutes. He speaks extensively on neuroscience and leadership as a keynote presenter and speaker at conferences and leadership meetings.

Pete co-edited The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships that Make Government Work, a collection of essays on values-based and collaborative leadership in the public sector. He co-authored Biography of an Ideal, a history of the US Civil Service, and he is the author of Never Again: The United States and the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide since the Holocaust.

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