Peter Allen is a third-generation San José native with deep roots in our community.
Peter currently serves as Public Information Officer for San José Unified School District, where he coordinates external and internal communications for the largest and most innovative school district in Silicon Valley, with 32,000 students and families, 3,500 employees, and 41 schools. He also serves as a member of the City of San José Planning Commission.
Prior to taking his position at SJUSD, Peter served for three years as Managing Director of Teatro Visión, a Chicano theater company nurturing arts and opportunity in underserved San José communities. He also owns a small consulting practice specializing in online marketing and political campaigns and previously served for four years on the City of San José Arts Commission.
Peter's great grandfather co-founded Contadina Canneries. His grandfather owned Allen's Furniture, and his family operated Paolo's Restaurant, both longtime fixtures in Downtown San José. His mother, Janice, taught at Willow Glen Elementary for almost 20 years, and his father, Jack, was a local CPA serving more than 400 individual, business, and family clients.
Peter graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California. His fiancée, Angelica Ramos, is a public policy specialist and President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Silicon Valley.