Peter Loge ’87
"Do what others are unwilling to—do it willingly, and do it right."
Were you an undergraduate or graduate student, or both?
Why did you decide to come to Emerson?
It was my first and only choice—a small urban film school that put an emphasis on doing.
How is Emerson a part of your life today?
Most of what I do for a living is informed by what I learned in classrooms (especially those of Professors Littlefield, Payne, Brown, and Goldman) and extracurricular events at Emerson (especially forensics, Phi Alpha Tau, and internships). Many of my closest friends in DC and around the country are people with whom I went to Emerson and alumni I've met since. Some of my first clients as a consultant were alumni. I am one of the many to whom Vin Di Bona gave an important break. Emerson is also part of my free time; in addition to service on the Alumni Board, I have taught in Emerson’s DC program. I also host visiting students at my house, helped launch the Littlefield Prize, offer whatever advice I can to Emerson students who ask for help in getting a start in politics, and I occasionally guest lecture on campus.
Describe a favorite Emerson memory.
The first person I met at Emerson remains among my closest friends. I got off the elevator on the sixth floor of Charlesgate, and Josh Knauer handed me a key and told me where my room was. Josh and I studied different things at Emerson, but were both brothers in Phi Alpha Tau, shared an apartment for part of senior year, mini-golfed our way across America after college, and have been in each other’s weddings. One small memory and one brief meeting gave me one of the best people I know.
Tell us about an "Emerson Connection."
Not the most exciting, but the most recent. My wife and I had a group of Communication Politics and Law Association students at our house on a recent Saturday afternoon. The students were in town for a few days making Emerson connections in Washington, DC. The group's leader, Professor Greg Payne, rang the doorbell and had a new person with him: He'd gone outside to make a call and a young woman walking down the street said, "Professor Payne, what are you doing here?" She was a recent graduate who had just moved to Washington. She was also wearing a Kappa Gamma Chi shirt. Needless to say, she was added to the mix and is now part of the Emerson family in Washington.
what is your title and how would you describe what you do to a current undergraduate?
I’m principal of Milo Public Affairs LLC. I work in legislative strategy and lobbying.
Describe a notable achievement in your career.
Not sure if it's notable, but it means a lot to me—being asked to volunteer at the late Senator Kennedy's memorial at the U.S. Capitol.
What are your goals for the future?
To keep advising organizations and elected officials I believe in, and keep giving back to Emerson College. I’d like to finally learn Spanish.
Describe Emerson in 3 sentences or less.
A remarkable, weird, exciting, frustrating, amazing little place.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
Work harder than you reasonably think you can, accept challenges that seem absurd, and never confuse your successes on campus with being successful—and never confuse your mistakes with being a failure. To steal a line from Hemingway, "Never be daunted. Secret of my success, never been daunted. Never been daunted in public."
What advice do you have for recent graduates?
Dive in. Ask a lot of questions, and listen closely to the answers. Do what others are unwilling to—do it willingly, and do it right. Take on challenges and rise to them. Don't whine, don't make stupid mistakes, and say "thank you" a lot. That which made you successful at Emerson will make you successful out of Emerson…and that which you blew at Emerson will continue to set you back out of Emerson. Relationships matter; find and nurture them.