Councilmember Festersen Biography
City Councilman Pete Festersen was elected to the Omaha City Council in 2009 and re-elected in 2013.¬† He is currently¬†President of the City Council and is the owner of his own small business, Strategic Business Development, LLC.¬†
Prior to serving on the City Council and starting his company, Councilman 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,¬†the Benson-Ames Alliance, College World Series Inc and AK-SAR-BEN Future Trust.¬†
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 also received the Excellence in Public Service Award from the UNO College of Public Administration and Community Service in 2012.
Pete and his wife, Paige, have two children, Anna and Caroline and they attend Dundee Presbyterian Church.¬† Pete enjoys racing¬†sailboats by competing on the regional and national levels and is a former Nebraska State Champion in both soccer and curling.¬†¬†A lifelong musician, he¬†also spends time playing the drums.¬†¬†