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Peter S. Weldy

Peter S. Weldy: As the regional administrator for the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families in Region 9, Weldy leads ACF’s strategic initiatives and priorities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Before joining ACF, he worked at California Strategies, the state’s largest public affairs consulting firm, where he led large-scale communication campaigns and worked with California’s leading business associations and non-profit organizations to support their engagement with local and state government.

He is a skilled communicator, public speaker, and strategic planner who has worked with many community-based organizations, philanthropies, elected officials, and business leaders to impact policymakers on issues relating to early childhood development, K-12 education, affordable housing, homelessness, and transportation.

Weldy has served in many leadership positions including Director of Public Policy at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation where he led lobbying, strategic initiatives, and supported the development and implementation of policies designed to address pressing community needs and Silicon Valley’s homelessness crisis.

He also led the Foundation’s Choose Children 2018 campaign, a multi-million-dollar effort to make young children and families a priority in the 2018 California Governor’s race; and planned the largest televised debate in California history, watched by more than a million Californians, which was hosted by NBC, KQED, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

In his native state of Indiana, he served as the Director of Policy and Research at the Department of Education and Chief Legislative Aide to the leadership in the House of Representatives; and at the Indiana Department of Education, he served on the superintendent’s executive cabinet and worked to draft Indiana’s State Plan under the, Every Student Succeeds Act. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music and Education from Butler University in Indianapolis.