Shawn M. Peterson
Director of Policy and Outreach
Shawn Peterson is Director of Policy and Outreach for Catholic Education Partners, a national Catholic nonprofit whose mission is to serve the Catholic community by advancing policy that empowers families and children to enjoy the benefits of a Catholic education. Before joining the staff at Catholic Education Partners, Shawn worked for five years as Associate Director for Public Policy with the Minnesota Catholic Conference. Prior to that he spent two decades working on numerous legislative and policy issues, including parental choice in education. During that time he was president of his own government relations firm and worked in state government serving in the administrations of two governors, and as senior staff in the state legislature.
Shawn has been a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Federal Assistance Advisory Commission, and currently sits on the St. Croix Preparatory Academy Foundation Board, and the Minnesota Department of Education Non-Public Education Council.
Shawn holds a degree from Hamline University in International Relations and Russian Area Studies, and is a graduate of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute. He resides in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife and three children, and is a member of the Parish of St. Michael.