Councilman Festersen's Biography
Pete Festersen was elected to the Omaha City Council in 2009 and re-elected in 2013.¬† He served as President of the City Council from 2013 to 2015 and is President of his¬†own small business, Strategic Business Development, LLC.
Prior to serving on the City Council and starting his company, Festersen helped shape Omaha's future in senior management positions with the Peter Kiewit Foundation, The Mayor‚Äôs Office, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and Alegent Health, one of Omaha's largest private employers.¬† He has also served as Chairman of the Omaha Planning Board for three years and on various community boards such as the Omaha Children‚Äôs Museum, College World Series Inc, AK-SAR-BEN Future Trust, 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 Masters 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 and they have two young 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.¬†