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Program Director, Student Initiated Service

Pete Cerneka

Pete works with student service groups and students from across the campus on their public service ideas and initiatives. He advises the Stanford student community in all of the Pathways of Public Service and helps them ensure their work meets the Principles of Ethical and Effective Service. Pete is also the go-to person at the Haas Center for any students involved in public service who are looking for resources to support their work.

Prior to working at the Haas Center, Pete worked with student activists, community organizing, and civic engagement groups at Columbia University, where he also earned his MA in Higher Ed with a focus on leadership. His work focused on advising and mentoring students on how to be effective and responsible activists, and how to develop a life-long practice of civic engagement. Prior to his decade at Columbia, Pete spent almost a decade as a nomadic hippy, teaching high school, working for AmeriCorps, going to graduate school, and taking in as many music festivals and baseball games as possible.

In his free time, Pete likes to hang out with his wife, Katie, daughters Violet and Grace, and family and friends. He loves music and sports, especially his St. Louis Cardinals. 

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(650) 725-2855


Haas Center, room 302