Meet President and CEO Peter Meade
Peter Meade began his term as the President and CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in August 2009.
Meade was Managing Director of Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications before joining the Kennedy Institute. He served for 12 years as Executive Vice President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, where he was part of the senior management team that turned BCBSMA from a failing enterprise to a robust, responsible and profitable business.
Prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Meade served as President and CEO of The New England Council and represented regional business concerns in Washington, D.C.
"For nearly four decades, Peter Meade has played a pivotal role in a remarkably broad array of important initiatives," Senator Kennedy said upon Meade's appointment. "I am honored that he will be leading what will become an important educational institution for this region and for our nation."
In the 1970s, Meade was a member of the administration of Kevin White. He served the City of Boston in many roles, most notably as Public Safety Coordinator for the City of Boston during federally mandated school desegregation. From 1983 to 1992, Meade gained a reputation for astute political analysis and commentary as a radio talk show host at WBZ radio. In 2002, he chaired a coalition of prominent religious, civic, business, political and cultural figures in support of naming and dedicating the new Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.
Meade is currently the Chair of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and Chair of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Emerson College. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League of New England and The New England Council, and on the Executive Council of WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio station.