Council Member David Peters
David Peters is a lifelong resident of New Rochelle with a long history of public service. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, and has over 25 years of experience as a social worker and organizational leader in the areas of child welfare, education, and mental health.
For two decades, David led statewide initiatives at the Center for Development of Human Services at SUNY Buffalo State, improving critical thinking, safety, and risk assessments for child welfare staff. He established the Institute for Professional Development and Human Services at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and has served as an adjunct professor at the Silver School of Social Work at NYU.
Currently, David consults with the NYC Administration for Children's Services (ACS), training newly hired staff in investigation strategies and supporting leadership in implementing racial equity initiatives. He has also served as Executive Director of the ACS Office of Equity Strategies.
David serves with the Juvenile Justice Committee of the New York City Bar Association as co-chair of the Subcommittee on Racial Equity and a member of the Subcommittee on Gun Violence. He has worked with the New York City Cure Violence Project to interrupt violence and improve understanding of gang culture and mental health. He is a core trainer/organizer with the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, a foundational training partner with Equity and Results, and a team leader with MPG Consulting, three organizations that work with individuals, groups, and communities across the country to address the impact of racism.
David has worked closely with Judge Jared Rice to organize New Rochelle’s Youth Justice Equity Team (YJET), a multidisciplinary project to prevent young people from getting involved in the juvenile legal system. He is on the Board of Directors of WestCop/CAP and the United Community Center of Westchester and served on the Lincoln Avenue Development Committee and the New Rochelle Council of Community Services. He worked with the New Rochelle Youth-Police Initiative to improve relationships between police and youth, and was a founding member of My Brother's Keeper New Rochelle, New Rochelle Against Racism (New RoAR), and the New Rochelle Alliance for Justice (NRAJ).
David was elected to the New Rochelle Board of Education in 2022 and in November 2023 was elected to the New Rochelle City Council. His four-year Council term began in January 2024.