Pete Settelmayer is a highly accomplished educator and leader, currently serving as the CEO of Downtown College Prep. With over 20 years of experience in education and leadership, he has demonstrated his commitment to advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Pete’s extensive background includes a Master of Science in Urban Educational Leadership, which he obtained after beginning his career in Southern California and working for the Walt Disney Company. Pete later founded the Westside Atlanta Charter School, serving as the founding principal and executive director. He was also president of the board of Museum Towers and actively fundraised for educational and social causes such as the Emory Vaccine Clinic.
Now, as the CEO of Downtown College Prep, Pete’s expertise and experience continue to drive the school’s success. With his guidance, the school navigated the Covid-19 pandemic’s challenges and established a collective bargaining agreement benefitting the school’s staff and students. Pete’s leadership has ensured that Downtown College Prep continues to provide quality education and support to its students, even in these unprecedented times.
In addition to his role at Downtown College Prep, Pete actively participates in the Racial Equity Action Leadership (REAL) coalition in San José. He has also participated in the ALF CEO Diversity Equity Inclusion and Justice cohort, demonstrating his dedication to fostering a more equitable and inclusive society.
Pete’s commitment to leadership development and community engagement is further evidenced by his participation in Leadership San José, the South Bay’s premier leadership training program. Through these various endeavors, Pete has developed a deep understanding of the complex challenges facing educators and leaders today. His unwavering commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, combined with his extensive experience and expertise, make him a true asset to the educational community.