Peter Watkins is President of Watkins Global Strategies, a strategic communication consulting firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to Watkins Global, Peter served President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush in various media related capacities over a five-year span, including as White House Spokesman and Deputy Press Secretary to the First Lady.
Peter’s experiences in both the West and East Wings of the White House allowed him to be influential in determining media operational strategy for countless high-level events including addresses to the nation, international summits, and state visits to the White House. During his tenure, Peter also served as the primary media liaison from the White House to foreign embassies during visits of foreign heads of state or government.
Other highlights during his time at the White House included participation in honoring The Mormon Tabernacle Choir with The National Medal of the Arts in 2003 as well as the ceremony awarding President Gordon B. Hinckley with the National Medal of Freedom in 2004. Having served an LDS mission in Italy, Peter was able to use his language skills on official White House travel and found himself at The Vatican in the Papal Offices on four separate occasions.
Peter is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah teaching a course on political Communication and received a B.S. Degree in Communication from the University of Utah. Along with his wife, Adrianne, they are the proud parents of Charles, age one.