Peter R. Villegas
Peter Villegas is the Co-Chairman to the Los Angeles Office of Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm. After an extensive and successful career in corporate America, Villegas has 27 years of experience as a regional and national corporate leader, with expertise in government relations, community relations, corporate responsibility, business strategy and executive management.
Villegas joined Mercury after serving as Vice President & Head of Latin Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company, where he acted as a national spokesman responsible for North America for over six years. There he developed and executed local, regional, and national strategies that positioned The Coca-Cola Company as a leading corporate citizen in the U.S. Hispanic community, using his solid and well-established relationships with Hispanic and multi-cultural political, business, civic, and community leaders across the country. He was also a member of the Coca-Cola North America Executive Leadership Team and the Coca-Cola Social Justice Committee.
Prior to his tenure at The Coca-Cola Company, Villegas served as the Vice President of the Office of Corporate Responsibility at JP Morgan Chase & Co. with national responsibilities. For over two decades he developed unique approaches that made a lasting economic, environmental and social impact on communities the company served. Villegas started his career as a bank teller, working his way up through various roles in the financial industry.
Currently, Villegas is a Commissioner of the California State Athletic Commission, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, the National Association of Latino Appointed & Elected Officials, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Business Council and is the Chairman of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.
Villegas was recognized by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the most influential Hispanics in Orange County, Calif., and in 2005, the Orange County Register identified him as one of the top 10 people who will help shape the next 100 years of Orange County. In 2012, he received the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advocate of the year award. Villegas is regarded as one of the top Latino executives in corporate America by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and Hispanic Executive Magazine. In both 2019 and 2020, Villegas was recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the Most Influential Latinos in the country. Villegas was also listed as #20 of the 101 most influential Latinos in corporate America in the Winter 2020 edition of Latino Leaders Magazine.