Peter Herdrich is an accomplished executive who has led worldwide media, cultural affairs, and educational institutions and is Co-founder of the Antiquities Coalition.
As Founding Partner of the Heritas Group, he consults with business, government, NGOs and other not-for-profits in the areas of cultural heritage solutions, communications and media strategy, coalition building, preservation, and strategic development. For eight years, Peter served first as a Board member and then as Chief Executive Officer of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), the world’s largest archaeological organization. Concurrently, he also worked as Publisher of Archaeology magazine, the Institute’s general interest magazine. This followed a stint at The Paley Center for Media in New York City as Director of Industry Programs.
Prior to the not-for-profit world, Peter enjoyed long success in commercial television. He served as Senior Producer of CBS Television Distribution’s “Inside Edition,” where he won the prestigious National Headliner Award and the Deadline Club Award for coverage of the attacks on 9/11. Peter also won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Grand Prize for his reporting on the Veterans Administration healthcare system at ABC News. In addition, he has produced and written for CBS, Fox, Disney, USA, and 20th Television.
Peter is an active presenter on cultural heritage subjects and teacher of broadcast journalism at venues around the world. He is a founding Board Member of Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research. For twenty years he served as a Trustee of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
After finishing his undergraduate work at Columbia University and studying at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany, Peter did graduate work at the School of the Arts at Columbia University in arts administration.