Peter Arnold -  Former Guest Speaker at the Leadership Institute

Peter founded Arnold Consulting Group in 1998 after more than 15 years of lobbying, public affairs, White House and Capitol Hill experience.

As president of Arnold Consulting, Peter has served as executive director and spokesman for several Washington, D.C.-based lobbying coalitions and trade associations. In 1998, he was spokesman for The Internet Tax Fairness Coalition, which included Microsoft, AOL, Dell and IBM and which successfully lobbied for a federal Internet tax moratorium.

From 1999 to 2001, he was executive director of the Hands Off the Internet Coalition, a cable television coalition that successfully opposed state and federal "open access" broadband regulations. He testified before more than a dozen state and city legislatures and frequently appeared on television and talk radio. 

From 2002 to 2004, Peter served as executive director for Voices for Choices, a coalition that included AT&T, MCI and more than a dozen telephone service providers.    Through aggressive public affairs, advertising and third-party outreach, the coalition led successful efforts to reduce telephone access charges in more than a dozen states. 

He also served as executive director for The Responsible Electronic Communications Association, a trade association of online marketing companies that developed "best practices" for email communications.

A former White House speechwriter and Congressional press secretary during the 1980s, Peter ran his first national media campaign from 1993 to 1995 as director of public affairs for UN-50 in New York, which organized the United Nations’ 50th anniversary ceremonies. 

Since 1996, he has handled all public affairs services for The National Structured Settlements Trade Association. Using media- and third-party outreach, he organized support that helped pass consumer protection legislation covering sales of structured annuities in Congress and 46 states. 

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a law-business program at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza Business School.

Peter Arnold