Peter Allen came to Catapult Strategies directly from the campaign trail in the Spring of 2009, having spent the previous two years working as a political organizer at the local and national level. Most recently, he worked on President Barack Obama's historic 2008 primary campaign and helped elect Ash Kalra and Rose Herrera to the San José City Council and Dave Cortese to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He also played a key role in organizing volunteer efforts for the successful campaign to defeat the recall of San José Councilmember Madison Nguyen.
Prior to entering his political career, Peter spent several years on the sports desk at the San José Mercury News, fulfilling the dream of a life-long writer and sports aficionado. He's had politics on the brain from an early age, but his passion for the power of communication is what drew him to Catapult.
Peter has spent the past few years developing a rich understanding of online social networking tools and how they can be used to empower and mobilize large blocks of people on behalf of a candidate or cause. He saw this potential come to fruition on the Obama campaign, when average citizens — particularly young people — who had never participated in the political process were tapped to form a web of millions of contributors and volunteers that collectively changed the face of American politics.
Peter uses the tools and skills he’s developed to create robust social networking campaigns for Catapult’s diverse clients.
Peter was born in Mountain View and raised in San José. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmic Writing from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television and — like Jude — is a graduate of Bellarmine College Prep in San José.
When he's not at work, you can find Peter playing bass with popular local band Usurper Vong, working on one of several unfinished screenplays, or watching the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.