Pete Constant

R Street Institute, Senior Fellow Director

Pete Constant is a senior fellow at Reason Foundation, where he works on the Pension Reform Project.

Before joining Reason Foundation, Constant served two terms as a city council representing the 100,000 residents of District 1 in San Jose, California. As a councilmember, Constant led a number of reform initiatives, including the city’s Fiscal Reform Plan, retirement board governance reform, and a comprehensive pension reform initiative, Measure B. Constant also held positions as a trustee and board member on public pension plan boards for both public safety and non-public safety employees of the city.

Prior to being elected to the city council, Constant served for 14 years as a San Jose Police Officer. After suffering a career-ending injury, he continued his public service on the San Jose Appeals Hearing Board. He was also a board member for the San Jose Police Officers’ Association.

Constant is an adjunct professor of public policy and leadership at St. Mary’s College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in management and his Master of Arts degree in leadership. Constant is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of La Verne. Additionally, Constant has earned certifications on pensions, benefits, hedge funds, investments, and management programs from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and Stanford Law School, as well as Certificates of Achievement in Public Plan Policy, Employee Pensions I & II from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Constant is based in Sacramento, California.

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