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Tom Peterson - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Tom Peterson Tom Peterson

Adjunct Associate Professor | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Public Policy and Mental Health Professional


THOMAS PETERSON joined the adjunct faculty in 2010. He serves as a public information specialist at the newly formed Riverside University Health System-Behavioral Health, which is the successor to the Riverside County Department of Mental Health. In this role, he manages internal and external communications for the department and is a member of the senior management team that is developing and implementing a rebranding effort and strategic communications plan.

Peterson has worked in the field of public policy for more than a decade. Previously, he was director of public policy for AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, the region’s largest nonprofit provider of care and services for people living with HIV/AIDS. He worked on legislative and budgetary advocacy at the local, state and national levels, as well as served in a leadership capacity in a number of organizations and coalitions.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in business administration from the USC Marshall School of Business.

Education (2)

USC Marshall School of Business: MBA

University of Pittsburgh: BA, Politics and Philosophy

Areas of Expertise (5)

Nonprofit Care

Public Information

Social Work

Mental Health

Strategic Communications

Industry Expertise (5)

Social Services

Health Care - Services


Health and Wellness

Public Policy