Peter Nessen is the founder and president of Nessen Associates. He is a public accountant who has served as Chief Executive Officer and on the governing Board of Advisors for national investment-banking firms. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Nessen was Assistant Secretary of Administration and Finance responsible for human and social service purchase reform. From 1991 to 1993, he was promoted to Secretary of Administration and Finance. In that capacity, Mr. Nessen was the senior cabinet member and the chief financial officer in Governor Weld’s cabinet. He has also been a partner in the accounting firms of BDO Seidman and Henry J. Bornhofft Company, and the Dean for Resources and Special Projects at Harvard Medical School. Mr. Nessen later served on the Governor Romney’s Commission evaluating school reform.
As one of the country’s leading experts in public finance and privatization, he is the founder and chairman of a public policy organization that provides services to not-for-profit, health care, and other organizations. He chaired the Massachusetts Cultural Council for seven years and has served on more than a dozen nonprofit boards of directors, including that of the Conservation Law Foundation, Free for All Fund at the Boston Foundation, North Bennet Street School, Fuller Craft Museum, and the Society of Arts and Crafts. Mr. Nessen holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business Administration.