Peter J. Tesei was elected Greenwich First Selectman in November 2007. A fifth-generation Greenwich resident, Peter has long had an interest in government and politics. Peter was elected the youngest member in the history of the Representative Town Meeting in November 1987 at the age of 18. He served as the District 9 (Pemberwick/Glenville) Delegation Vice Chairman and Chairman during his tenure until 1997.
His service to the Town of Greenwich continued with his election to the Board of Estimate and Taxation in 1997. He served that finance board for 10 years, including six as Chairman.
In 2007, Peter made his inaugural run for First Selectman. He is now serving his sixth term as the chief elected official of Greenwich and its nearly 62,000 residents. During Peter’s tenure as First Selectman he has worked together with the Board of Estimate and Taxation and Representative Town Meeting to keep Greenwich’s tax rate at a modest and predictable level while ensuring quality of life services, including life safety, education and public infrastructure renewal are priorities.
Peter believes Greenwich’s greatest strength are the citizens who volunteer countless hours to keeping Greenwich an enviable place to live, work and raise a family.
In addition to his governmental duties, Peter has served as a Board member of the United Way of Greenwich, American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter and is currently a member of the Board of the Greenwich Council of Boy Scouts America, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, American Red Cross Metro CT/NY and serves on the Advisory Boards of The Breast Cancer Alliance, Community Centers Inc., and the Greenwich Alliance for Education.
Education / Career
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he was honored by UCONN, for demonstrated leadership and achievement as one of 40 under 40 outstanding Alumni in 2008. In 2015 Peter was honored by UJA Greenwich for community leadership and working to improve the lives of residents.
Prior to serving as First Selectman, Peter worked in the financial services sector for close to twenty years, serving as a Vice President of the Wealth Management Group of BNY/Mellon. In 2005, he was recognized by the Fairfield County Business Journal as one of 40 under 40 business leaders demonstrating achievement and promise.
Peter and his wife Jill are the proud parents of a daughter, Caroline, and a son, James, who both attend Greenwich Public Schools.