Peter moved to Seattle with his wife Lisa in 2014 to join Nitze-Stagen & Co., a real estate investment and management firm co-founded by his father. Nitze-Stagen’s vision, which Peter fully embraces, is to build vibrant, sustainable communities in the greater Seattle area by improving the physical condition of properties and reimagining how they interact with the surrounding community. Before relocating to Seattle, Peter was active for decades in supporting the health and sustainability of the communities in which he lived and worked. In the early ’90s he was involved in helping to link community colleges with local manufacturers to provide apprenticeships in Maryland; after moving to northern NJ in 1992, he served as a trustee and board chair of the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and as a trustee at the Willow School in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ; and, while living and working in the DC area between 2005 and 2014 he was involved as a director of Maryland’s World Trade Center Institute and as a Governor-appointed director on the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board.
Professionally, Peter has 25 years of experience in business management and the successful growth of early-stage companies. Before joining Nitze-Stagen & Co., where he took over as president and CEO late last year, Peter worked in operations and general management in small, medium and large companies producing high-speed machine tools, inertial guidance systems, optical interconnects, bioengineered compounds, and other high-tech products. Most recently he served as COO of Martek Biosciences where he played a leading role transitioning the company from an early-stage biotech venture into a mature business leading up to its sale to DSM in early 2011. Peter received his B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature from Harvard and two Master’s degrees in engineering from Stanford. He and Lisa have three grown sons and two grandsons spread across the country, whom they are always trying to lure into family trips, usually to hike, ski, bike, or otherwise exercise their bodies and minds.
In addition to seeking out unique and catalytic real estate projects to add to Nitze-Stagen’s portfolio, Peter leads a related venture arm focused on investing in companies that serve the building industry with proprietary products and services that improve the sustainability, livability and workability of the built environment for both commercial and residential assets, and in so doing support local businesses, local jobs and community investment. He and Lisa are also active angel investors in local companies serving the housing and health care segments, and share a strong interest in creating effective ways to promote and facilitate impact investing.
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