Peter Callstrom

Peter Callstrom
President and CEO

Peter Callstrom

Peter brings 25 years of nonprofit, workforce and community development experience to the San Diego Workforce Partnership. 

Under Peter’s leadership, SDWP has expanded services, received excellent audits and been awarded many new grants and contracts to serve more job seekers in our region. In addition to working with his team to deliver the mission, Peter works closely with governance leaders who provide guidance and input on policy. Created under a joint powers agreement (City and County of San Diego), SDWP deploys state and federal workforce funds (annually $40M) throughout our region (3.3M people) with a focus on underserved populations. SDWP succeeds with a laser focus on innovative, cost-effective and measurable solutions.

As CEO of Partnerships With Industry (PWI) for 15 years, Peter led the organization through tenfold growth, fiscal stability and outstanding accreditation outcomes. PWI provides vocational and community support services for adults with disabilities. Peter implemented various innovations including the creation of a custom network of relational databases that managed all services and improved efficiencies dramatically.

Peter served on the Board of Trustees of CARF (the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission) for six years and was elected Vice Chair. Through accreditation, CARF assists service providers in improving the quality of their services, demonstrating value and meeting internationally recognized organizational and program standards. Peter also served as a CARF surveyor and performed consultative surveys of providers throughout North America. In addition, Peter was a featured presenter at CARF’s international conferences, and conducted advanced trainings for CARF throughout the country on subjects including technology and outcomes management.

Just prior to joining SDWP, Peter was the CEO of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH), the region’s data and information resource and leader on myriad issues related to addressing homelessness. At the RTFH, Peter increased collaborative activities with many groups and community leaders and served on several boards including: United Way’s Home Again, Community Information Exchange, Ending Homelessness In Downtown San Diego, Keys To Housing — Ending Family Homelessness, the Alliance for Regional Solutions, and the Regional Continuum of Care.

A Minnesota native and a resident of San Diego since 1986, Peter and his wife and two young daughters live in Carmel Valley.

Peter currently serves on various boards and committees including:

  • California Workforce Association
  • City Heights Partnership for Children
  • City of San Diego's Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention
  • Civic San Diego — New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Advisory Board
  • CleanTECH San Diego
  • Maritime Alliance
  • Regional Continuum of Care Council
  • San Diego Grantmakers
  • San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • South County Economic Development Corporation
  • United States Conference of Mayors — Workforce Development Council