Executive Director

Peter Chandler

Executive Director, Internet Works

Peter Chandler is the first-ever Executive Director of Internet Works, a trade association of small and medium-sized technology companies working to preserve the internet as a place of limitless possibility.  A native of Biddeford, Maine and now based in Washington, D.C., Peter has 30 years of campaign, political, legislative, and advocacy experience at the state and federal levels.

Peter joined Internet Works after serving as Senior Vice President of Federal Policy and Government Relations at TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy.  During his five-and-a-half-year tenure, Peter was responsible for shepherding the association’s federal program through the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.  He then worked to grow the federal team from one to seven professionals and expand the program’s breadth and depth of advocacy across all branches of the federal government.  During his time at the association, Peter was named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill newspaper.

In 2018, Peter left Capitol Hill after serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) for three and half years and U.S. Representative Mike Michaud (D-ME) for 12 years.  In 2008, Peter ran the Maine Democratic Coordinated Campaign and built the most expansive field program in Maine history.  Peter has also consulted and trained numerous political and advocacy groups, including the ACLU, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in 1998, where he helped to win a Democratic majority in the New Hampshire State Senate for the first time in 86 years.

Peter is an Eagle Scout and graduated with Highest Honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.  He lives in Washington, D.C., with his rescue beagle, Pebbles.  In 2020, Peter was elected to the Board of Directors of the National LGBTQ Task Force, the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group.