Pete Cormier

Pete has a BA in Sociology, a Masters in Nonprofit Management, and a Ph.D. in Education.

You can read his mindfulness blog at

Pete Cormier, Ph.D.

Pete is founder & executive director of The Awareness Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization. In this position he manages all operational aspects of the business in addition to fundraising, grant writing and guiding mindfulness meditations.

He received training in mindfulness at the UMass Memorial Health Care Center for Mindfulness founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and at Calmer Choice. He has a certificate in mindfulness from Cape Cod Community College.


Adjunct Professor, Lesley University
(2013 – current)
Pete received his Ph.D. here in 2011 and taught four courses: Community Arts Internship Seminar, Arts-based Research, Donors, and Philanthropy & Fundraising. He has served on several doctoral committees and was the interim coordinator for doctoral study plans 2015-16.

Adjunct Professor, Worcester State University
Pete received his MS here in 2006 and taught Marketing & Resource Management for Nonprofit Organizations. He has also been been a Master’s Thesis Reader.

Managing Director, Cornerstone Performing Arts
(2008 – 2011)
Pete managed all business operations of this 501(c)(3) social enterprise, that provided theatre, dance, and music training and performance opportunities to underserved youth in Central Massachusetts. He continued to serve as an advisor through 2014.

Founder & Executive Director, Sterling Music Exchange
He managed all business operations of this 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provided music training, instruments and performance opportunities to underserved youth. 

Catastrophe Analyst, Liberty Mutual Ins. Co.
(1983 – 2019)
Pete held various information technology positions during his 35 year career as an individual contributor and manager for this Fortune 100 company. In his most recent position, he developed technical solutions to help front line commercial property underwriters evaluate risk from severe weather exposures (hurricane, earthquake and flood).

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