Jonas R. Peterson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jonas Peterson serves as President and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). In that role, he leads a talented team focused on strengthening the regional economy and positioning LVGEA as a national leader in community and economic development.Since its launch in 2012, LVGEA has more than tripled in size to become the largest business organization in Nevada. During that time, LVGEA has helped over 150 companies create more than 20,000 jobs and deliver $12 billion in economic impact throughout Southern Nevada. Some of the more notable projects include Hyperloop One, Amazon, Sutherland Global, Barclaycard, Machine Zone and many others.Jonas received a M.S. in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University and a M.B.A. from North Dakota State University. He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), graduate of Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute (OUEDI), graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program, Leadership Series graduate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Certified Business Retention and Expansion Consultant.
He is actively involved in many community organizations and currently sits on the boards of the International Economic Development Council, WaterStart, Las Vegas HEALS and Anthem Community Church. In 2010, Jonas was recognized as Arizona’s “Economic Developer of the Year” by the Arizona Association for Economic Development and as the “New Economic Developer of the Year” by the International Economic Development Council.
Prior to joining LVGEA, Peterson served as President/CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC). During his tenure, SCVEDC quickly emerged as one of the most productive economic development organizations in California.