Peter Ackerman is the Managing Director of Rockport Capital Incorporated, a private investment firm. Since its inception in 1990, Rockport has made numerous direct investments in fields as diverse as movie libraries, publishing, propane distribution, textiles, variable insurance, and SMS integration, to name only a few. From 1978 to 1990 he was Director of International Capital Markets at Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he structured, financed, and invested in hundreds of recapitalizations.
Dr. Ackerman holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he is the Chairman of the Board of Overseers. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Freedom House. He sits on the Board of Tufts University, and on that of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a member of the U.S. Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace, and a member of the Business Advisory Council of the United States Olympic Committee. In addition, he is the founding Chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
Dr. Ackerman co-authored Strategic Nonviolent Conflict, published in 1994, and A Force More Powerful: a Century of Nonviolent Conflict. He was also executive producer of Bringing Down A Dictator, the Peabody award-winning documentary that chronicled the fall of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia.