Eric Peterson

Senior Consultant

“Until all of us are free, none of us are free.” 

Emma Lazarus

Eric C. Peterson, MSOD is a recognized facilitator and educator in the diversity and inclusion space with over 20 years of experience in unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion, learning strategies, and organization development. 

Eric’s work is bolstered by a belief that everyone will benefit from a world that is more just and inclusive. He is motivated by a desire to see justice done for others, as well as an aspiration to live in the world he and his colleagues are inching toward. 

Eric’s former and current clients include advertising firms, member associations, healthcare organizations, performing arts organizations, technology firms, telecommunications companies. He has expertise in unconscious bias, allyship, the LGBTQ community, and whiteness as a social identity.  

Prior to joining the Cook Ross team, Eric was the manager for diversity and inclusion at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the largest professional association for human resources professionals and diversity and inclusion practitioners. Before his time at SHRM, Eric was a member of the diversity team at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he managed diversity education design and programming and worked extensively with the firm’s employee resource groups.  

While at Booz Allen, he received the firm’s prestigious Diversity Award. Eric is also the recipient of the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award from the National Conference of Community and Justice. He has been a guest contributor for NBC Out and has been sourced as a diversity and inclusion expert by CNN, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and others. 

Eric holds Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) from American University. He is also a dedicated film lover. In his non-work hours, he co-hosts a podcast about movies called The Rewind Project. Eric is also a novelist; his debut novel (Loyalty, Love & Forsooth) will be published in November 2021. 

“Until all of us are free, none of us are free.” 

Emma Lazarus