Councilmember Pete Festersen was elected to the City Council in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. He served as President of the City Council from 2013 to 2015 and is Vice President of Strategy and Public Affairs for CHI Health, one of Omaha's largest private employers.
Prior to serving on the City Council and working at CHI Health, Pete was President of his own small business and helped shape Omaha's future in senior management positions with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Peter Kiewit Foundation, and the Mayor’s Office. He is currently on the board of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the State Trauma Advisory Board, and Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue. He has also served as Chairman of the Omaha Planning Board and on various community boards such as the Omaha Children’s Museum, the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative, College World Series, Inc., and the United Way of the Midlands campaign.
Pete was born and raised in Omaha and graduated from Central High School and Connecticut College before earning his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a graduate of Leadership Omaha and has been recognized for his work as a business leader by the Midlands Business Journal. He received the Excellence in Public Service Award from the UNO College of Public Administration and Community Service in 2012, was named the elected official of the year by ASPA-Nebraska Chapter in 2014, and received the Citation for Alumni Achievement from UNO in 2015.
Pete's wife, Paige, is a pre-school teacher at Dundee Presbyterian Church. They have two children, Anna and Caroline. Pete enjoys racing sailboats and is a former Nebraska State Champion in both soccer and curling. A lifelong musician, he also plays the drums in a local rock band.