Pete Shively joined the Interactivity Foundation in November 2005. As a Projects Administrator for the Foundation and also now as a Fellow, Pete works closely with the Foundation’s Intellectual Development Committee, helping to coordinate the Foundation’s various public discussion efforts, its website, and other developmental programs. Pete’s first project discussion resulted in the Food discussion guide, published in 2011. The discussion guide for his second project, on Crime & Punishment, was published in the fall of 2013. His third project on the news media culminated in a discussion guide entitled Tomorrow’s News: the Future of Journalism and Our News Media, which was published in late 2016.
A recovering corporate lawyer, Pete was an attorney with the firm of LaFollette Godfrey & Kahn in Madison (1998-2005). His law practice focused primarily on assisting development-stage and university-related companies, mostly in the life sciences. From 1993-1997, Pete was an assistant city attorney in College Station, Texas.
Pete has a law degree, cum laude, and a masters degree in public policy and administration, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pete was an articles editor for the Wisconsin Law Review, which published his article on lender liability. He also graduated from Northwestern University in 1985 with a B.A. in history and political science.
Pete and his wife Ruth, herself a recovering political theorist, live in Madison with their three sons. In all too rare moments of domestic calm, he sometimes enjoys bicycling in the Wisconsin countryside, reading and arguing political philosophy, bending nails and woodworking, hiking, canoeing, and–with much greater regularity–the comparing and contrasting of many varieties of micro & craft brewed beers.