Pete Cormier

Pete Cormier (he/him/his) has a BA in Sociology, a MS in Nonprofit Management, and a PhD in Educational Studies.

You can read his mindfulness blog at

Founder & Executive Director

As executive director of The Awareness Project, Inc., Pete manages all operational aspects of this nonprofit organization. In the last two years, he’s guided more than 100 mindfulness meditation sessions.

Pete has taken an MBSR-equivalent course at the UMass Memorial Health Care Center for Mindfulness founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, has taken the 8-week mindfulness course: Cultivating Awareness & Well-Being at Calmer Choice, and 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. In addition, he served on several doctoral committees and was the interim coordinator for doctoral study plans 2015-16. He currently serves as member of a doctoral student committee and is a regular lecturer in the Environmental Arts program.

Adjunct Professor, Worcester State University
Pete received his MS here in 2006 and taught Marketing & Resource Management for Nonprofit Organizations. He has also been a Master’s Thesis Reader. While at WSU, he organized the first nonprofit organizations fair at the student union.

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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