A former mayor, council member, and planning commissioner, Debbie Peterson works with citizens who are elected representatives and those who elect them as an advocate for good government.

A winner of journalism awards in high school as the editor of her high school newspaper, Debbie went on to study journalism and radio-tv, completing a BSc in Communication with a major in Public Relations from the University of Idaho. After graduating from college, she helped her mother launch The Brownie Baker, co-edited a book on Christian lay leadership, and moved to Scotland for 20 years where she worked for two advertising agencies and a bank as a marketing and public relations executive and went on to launch a company modeled on her mother’s company in California.

Her local bakery in Scotland grew to $7m annual income in three years and was the first to successfully launch American-style cakes & cookies in Great Britain. She was made an honorary Scottish Master Baker by the Scottish Association of Master Bakers (est. 1891) and was named the 1989 Scottish Young Businessperson of the Year among other accolades. Her story of entrepreneurship brought national recognition and she became a sought-after speaker for conferences, seminars, and MBA courses.

When she sold her manufacturing, retail, and distribution companies Debbie consulted for British development agencies coaching business startups, and food and textile manufacturers in business planning, marketing, and restructuring.

Upon returning to California to raise her son, Debbie helped California boutique wineries launch their products in England and Scotland and has worked as a residential real estate broker since 1999, negotiating more than 500 win-win transactions. She now spends her time writing, running her real estate company, skiing, and traveling with friends and family. Debbie is the author of The Happiest Corruption: Sleaze, Lies, & Suicide, Local Government 101, How to Beat City Hall, and 365 Ways Everyday People Turned on the Lights @ City Hall (and how you can, too), the California Cake & Cookie Cookbook that sold in Harrods and Barnes & Noble, (UK), and Great Scotswomen in Business requisitioned by the Scottish Development Agency.