Pete D’Alessandro has dedicated the past 30 years working for candidates, causes, and citizens who cannot always stand up and speak out for themselves. Whether working for candidates, on issues, or for progressives causes, Pete has not only been a fighter for what he believes in, but he has helped win many of those battles.
Pete was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago. The son of a union father and a stay-at-home mother, he and his four siblings were taught the value of hard work and sense of community at a young age.
After earning his degree from Illinois State University, Pete worked in social service positions with underrepresented communities. He volunteered with local campaigns and enjoyed the opportunity to help improve his community and state through the electoral process.
In the 1990s, Pete transitioned to a full-time political and community organizer, which brought him to Iowa in 1996. He was an integral member of the team that helped to elect Leonard Boswell as the first freshman Democrat from Iowa in a decade.
Pete followed up the 1996 effort by playing a key role in electing Tom Vilsack as Iowa’s first Democratic Governor in a generation. Since then, he has advised many Iowa Democratic campaigns from the presidential level down the ballot.
After making Des Moines his home, Pete has worked throughout the country fighting and winning battles for workers, small business owners and everyday taxpayers. From 2007 to 2011, Pete was political director for Governor Chet Culver. During his time with Governor Culver, Pete traveled throughout Iowa and again saw firsthand how government can positively affect lives. He is proud of the role he played working with his associates during the floods of 2008 and his advocacy for marriage equality after the Varnum decision in 2009. After his time with Gov. Culver, Pete began to focus his political and organizing work on candidates and ideals that he has always fought for, working to ensure all Americans have an equal opportunity to succeed.
From May 2015 until February of 2016, Pete was campaign coordinator for the historic Bernie Sanders campaign in Iowa. A campaign that began 56 points down and grew exponentially to shock the political elites and pundits with the now famous virtual tie on caucus night. He worked in six more states for Sen. Sanders, finishing as delegate director at The Democratic National Convention.