SVP, Government & External Affairs | Allianz of America Corporation
Peter Lefkin is Senior Vice President of Government and External Affairs for Allianz of America Corporation. Hired as an Assistant Vice President in 1988 to open the Fireman’s Fund Washington D.C. Government Relations Office, he assumed an increasing level of responsibility before being named as Senior Vice President and Government and External Affairs Department Head in 1996. In this capacity he led the company’s state and federal lobbying efforts and was a liaison to national company and distribution trade associations.
In 2002, Mr. Lefkin assumed a parallel and enhanced role for Allianz of America, which includes, Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty, Allianz Life, U.S. PIMCO Advisors, Allianz Global Investors, Allianz Global Assistance, Euler Hermes and several other U.S. affiliates. Along with Brussels and Berlin, Washington, DC is one of three global government affairs representative offices of Allianz, SE.
Until October 1988, Mr. Lefkin was Federal Affairs Counsel to the American Insurance Association (AIA), a position he held for three years. Prior to his work for AIA, Mr. Lefkin served as Legislative Counsel for Representative Matthew J. Rinaldo (R-NJ), the ranking minority leader of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance. In the early 1980s, Mr. Lefkin was a staff attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
A cum laude graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (1977), Mr. Lefkin received his Masters of Public Administration and Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University in 1980 and is a member of the Connecticut and District of Columbia Bars.
Mr. Lefkin served as past Chairman of the Government Affairs Council for the Financial Services Roundtable and past Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the American Insurance Association. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the Insured Retirement Institute and represents Allianz Asset Management on the Government Affairs Committee of the Investment Company Institute. He is also a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for the Organization for International Investment, which is a trade association comprised of U.S. subsidiaries of foreign owned companies. In addition, Peter serves on the Board of Directors of the German American Business Council and is a member of the Advisory Committee for Moment Magazine.
An avid adventurer traveler, bicyclist, and hiker Peter has visited more than 75 countries and has climbed mountain peaks in Africa, the Russian Caucuses, Borneo, Sri Lanka, Peru, Ecuador, and Kyrgyzstan. He makes his home in Washington, D.C. and Lost River, West Virginia.