Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs
Peter Speaks was appointed Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs,
February 23, 2015.
As Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, Peter will oversee the
Bureaus of Corporations and Charitable Organizations, the Bureau of
Professional and Occupational Affairs and the State Athletic Commission.
Peter has extensive experience in senior leadership and
management within Pennsylvania state government. Prior to his appointment, Peter served as Special Counsel to Senator Vincent Hughes, Minority
Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He provided legal and policy advice as it
related to the allocation of state funds.
Peter was the former Deputy
Secretary and Special Advisor to Governor Rendell for Minority, Women and
Disadvantage Business Development at the Department of General Services. His government activity also includes work as
the Deputy Auditor General for Performance Audits and Director of Public
Assistance Audits for the Pennsylvania Auditor General and Director of the
Office of Hearings and Appeals for the former Department of Public
Welfare. He has also worked in the
private sector as Chief of Litigation and Director of Government Relations for
two separate firms.
Peter is a graduate of Morehouse College in
Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Juris
Doctor from Hasting College of Law, San Francisco, California.
resides in Dauphin County with his wife Jackie.