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About Peter Golden

Peter Golden is a nationally recognized writer and commentator who brings over four decades of communications experience to his work. His feature articles, opinion pieces, essays and photographs appear regularly in such publications as the Boston Globe, Wellesley Weston Magazine, Condo Media, Banker and Tradesman, the New England Real Estate Journal, the MetroWest Daily News and scores of professional publications at both the local and national level.

As a technical and business-to-business marketing and copywriter as well as a public relation counselor his articles, advertisements and releases have appeared in such noted national publications as Marketing Computers, Industrial Engineering, APICS, Manufacturing Systems, Business Week and more. He has served such noted organizations and institutions as Saga Holidays, McGraw-Hill Data Resources, Penwell, Harvard University and the Internet Bar.

As a marketing consultant and public relations counselor, Peter creates powerful, persuasive campaigns on behalf of clients in such areas as public affairs, health, the environment, travel, real estate, community affairs, industry and technology. With special strength in direct response, Peter has written and served as creative director for hundreds of advertising, direct mail, Web-based and public relations campaigns.

Further background

Educated at Boston University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts as a theatrical director, early in his career Peter was associated with the Charles Playhouse and was the originating producer of “SummerThing—The Boston Neighborhood Arts Festival.” As a member of Actors’ Equity he supervised national tours of musical comedies and worked with some of America's greatest theatrical performers.

While serving as managing editor of Fusion Magazine, Peter covered major news stories, including Woodstock, the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the French National Strike. His articles and photographs include iconic representations of the political and social epoch of the 1960s.

A student of administration, planning and social policy while at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a teacher in the Boston Schools, Peter also edited Boston Teacher, helping to formulate and promote reform strategies for large public education systems. His five thousand readers included all professional personnel in the Boston Public Schools.

Peter was a founder of the City-Wide Educational Coalition, a citizen advocacy group dedicated to easing racial strife during the court-ordered desegregation of the Boston Public Schools. The Coalition’s work was chronicled in the Pulitzer-prize-winning book Common Ground by Anthony Lucas.

On behalf of the Interface Group, Peter marketed and produced Comdex, the world's largest computer exposition and the primary selling floor for the computer systems industry. As a member of the Interface team, Peter staged computer expositions in virtually every major American city, working with local convention authorities and the media to promote audiences ranging from a few thousand to upwards of 100,000 attendees. Later, Peter recruited and managed a network of commercial computer systems vendors for Data General Corporation in the New York City area.

Since 1984, Peter has worked independently as a marketing and communications consultant, providing corporate and non-profit clients with public relations, advertising, direct response and Web-related services. As a ghostwriter, his work has appeared in dozens of local, regional and national publications.

In the area of political consulting, Peter led condominium owners in a successful municipal coalition effort to defeat rent control in a mid-sized Massachusetts town. This was the first instance of decontrol in the United States since the close of World War II and served as a blueprint for the eventual decontrol of all rental property in the state. Later, Peter managed media and Election Day strategy in a successful revision of Massachusetts ballot law and successfully managed an editorial campaign leading to the rescinding of the Massachusetts Retroactive Capital Gains Tax.

Personal information

Peter lives in Natick, Massachusetts where he has served in town meeting since 1996. Previously he was a member of Brookline town meeting. A member of Rotary International, Peter is active in local service, arts and environmental organizations. He is married to Tina Golden, an early childhood educator.

Peter’s hobbies include perennial gardening and reading, with an emphasis on biography, social history and the reconciliation of urban development and environmental preservation. His special interests lie in Colonial history and landscape preservation. •

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