Peter Callstrom

Peter Callstrom
President and CEO

Peter Callstrom

Peter joined SDWP as CEO in July of 2012, bringing more than 25 years of nonprofit, workforce and community development experience. In addition to working with the staff to deliver our mission, Peter works closely with our governance that provide guidance and input on policy.
 SDWP’s vision: Every business in our region has access to a skilled workforce and every job seeker has access to meaningful employment. Our community will view us as the leader for innovative workforce solutions, which add great value to our region.

Under Peter’s leadership, SDWP has expanded services, received excellent audits, and has been awarded millions of dollars in new and disparate grants and contracts to serve more job seekers in our region. New projects include services to targeted populations including: incarcerated (soon to exit), TANF recipients, people with disabilities and more. Peter has led robust outreach to the community with newsletters, social media, op-eds, media appearances and public speaking. 

Created under a joint powers agreement (City and County of San Diego), SDWP deploys public and private sector funds (annually ~$35M) throughout our region (3.4M people) with a focus on underserved populations. Annually, SDWP’s America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) network serves 70,000+ individuals, including 165,000+ services. In addition to funding and overseeing the and projects with 25+ community partners, SDWP conducts extensive research on our regional labor market and translates this information into robust reports, an online data resource and ‘priority sector’ poster boards in hundreds of local schools. SDWP now hosts two large annual conferences; a fall conference focused on research and labor market data providing insights on various career pathways and an annual spring conference, Flip The Script, to focus on opportunity youth—young adults who are disconnected from work or school.

Peter spearheaded CONNECT2Careers (C2C), the region’s youth employment program, with a focus on reaching disconnected or opportunity youth. Working closely with elected leaders, the private sector and other local leaders and organizations, C2C has become a nationally recognized program, serving thousands of young adults annually.

As CEO of Partnerships With Industry for 15 years, Peter led PWI through tenfold growth and outstanding accreditation. PWI provides vocational and community support services for adults with disabilities. Peter implemented innovations, including the creation of a custom technology solution that managed all services.

While at PWI, Peter served on the Board of Trustees of CARF (the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission). Peter also served as a surveyor and performed consultative surveys throughout North America. In addition, Peter was a featured presenter at international conferences and conducted trainings throughout the country.

Just prior to joining SDWP, Peter was the CEO of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH), the region’s information resource and leader on myriad issues related to addressing homelessness. At the RTFH, Peter increased collaborative activities and impact with many groups and community leaders.

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

Peter currently serves on various boards and committees including:

  • Biocom
  • California Careers Pathways Trust
  • California Workforce Association
  • City of San Diego's Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention
  • CleanTECH San Diego
  • Linked Learning Alliance
  • Regional Task Force on the Homeless (aka, Regional Continuum of Care Council)
  • San Diego Grantmakers
  • San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • San Diego Education Research Alliance (SanDERA)
  • South County Economic Development Corporation
  • United States Conference of Mayors - Workforce Development Council