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Peter Meade

vice president, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MA

Dorchester native Peter Meade will be the founding president and CEO of a newly created institute named for Senator Edward M. Kennedy that will be housed on Columbia Point. Meade, a close friend and ally of the state's senior senator, is presently the managing director of the Boston-based public relations firm Rasky Baerlein. Meade has been an influential voice in the region's political and business worlds for decades. He cut his teeth in the trenches of Dorchester's wards and precincts working in the administrations of former Boston mayor Mayor Kevin White, including a term as Commissioner of Parks and Recreation. More recently, he was the executive vice president of corporate affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and has worked as a radio and TV broadcaster at WBZ.