University at Albany
Matthew Peter, BA '06, MA '07

Young Alumnus in Political Science

Matthew Peter, BA '06, MA '07
Chief of Staff to the Mayor
City of Albany

Matthew Peter has a Bachelor's and Master's in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from Rockefeller College in 2006 and 2007 respectively. In the summer of 2007 Matthew was an international fellow with the SUNY Center for International Development where he traveled and worked in Jordan. Upon returning Matthew began working for then Governor Elliot Spitzer, serving first as a graduate intern in Executive Chamber Operations and then as a full time staff member in the Governor's Appointments Office.

In May of 2008 Matthew joined the NYS Office of Taxation and Finance as a tax policy analyst. When the NYS Senate Democrats took control of the chamber for the first time in more than 50 years, Matthew joined the Senate Finance Committee as a fiscal analyst. In his three and a half years with the Senate, Matthew became the principal analyst on Economic Development and Tax Policy. On December 31st 2012, Matthew resigned from the Senate to become the Campaign Manager for Albany City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan's Mayoral Campaign. In September 2013 Treasurer Sheehan won the Democratic primary for Mayor with nearly 70% of the vote and in November, Democratic Nominee Sheehan won the general election for Mayor with nearly 84% of the vote, becoming the first female Mayor in the City of Albany's history. Following the election Mayor-Elect Sheehan asked Matthew to coordinate her transition team and on January 1st appointed Matthew to be her Chief of Staff, he currently serves in that capacity. Matthew is also Co-Chair of the RFK Democratic Club of the Capital Region and Political Director for the 6th Ward in Albany.