Peter Herdrich, CEO

Peter Herdrich, CEO


Curriculum Vitae


B.A., Comparative Literature, Columbia College, Columbia University

Graduate study, Arts Administration, School of the Arts, Columbia University

Positions Held:

Chief Executive Officer, Cultural Capital Group, LLC, New York, NY. 2015-present.
Cultural Capital harnesses culture, communication, and business and their unparalleled capacity to create positive outcomes for corporate, not-for-profit, education and government clients. We create and implement comprehensive communication strategies and content in support of your goals.

Co-founder, The Antiquities Coalition, Washington, DC, 2014 - present
The Antiquities Coalition works at the forefront of the battle against cultural racketeering, the looting and sale on illicit markets of cultural heritage material by organized criminal gangs and terrorists. We develop and implement solutions to these problems with governments, businesses, NGOs and individuals across the fields of heritage, terrorism, finance, and law.

Founding Partner, The Heritas Group, Washington, DC. 2014 - 2015
The Heritas Group is a global strategic advisory team working with governments, businesses, and social enterprises to provide profitable outcomes in our practice areas of media and communications, social entrepreneurship, cultural heritage solutions, leadership design, and government affairs.

Chief Executive Officer, Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, MA and New York, NY. 2010-13
Chief executive at the world’s largest archaeological organization, with 225,000 members. The Archaeological Institute of America supports the discipline with programs in outreach and education, site preservation, professional services, and advocacy. At the AIA, I organized digital strategy for the Institute and introduced new programs, while the Institute produced over three hundred yearly events. I managed the thirty employees and seven million dollar annual budget of the Institute from facilities located in New York City and at Boston University.

Achievements include:

  • Establishing fiscal discipline
  • Setting fundraising records
  • Establishing National Archaeology Day
  • Initiating and funding the Cotsen Excavation Grant program

Publisher, Archaeology Magazine, New York, NY, 2010-13
With 700,000 readers of each issue, it is the largest humanities publications in the world and the financial driver of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Director, Industry Programs, Paley Center for Media, New York, NY, 2009-10
Museum program director with responsibility for the Media Council and the International Council, the forums for top executives to explore critical issues facing world media. Produced over thirty events at venues around the world on topics including monetizing online content, media and the Middle East, the future of journalism education, and Internet privacy.

Senior Producer, Inside Edition, CBS Television Distribution, 1995-2009
Number two editorial employee on eighty person staff of television newsmagazine.

Responsibilities included:

  • Day-to-day newsroom management
  • Newsgathering
  • Show production and scripting
  • Line producing

Executive Producer, “The Crusaders, Buena Vista Television, 1994
Responsible for all aspects of production as top producer on groundbreaking broadcast that reported about, and then solved, problems for viewers.

Supervising Producer, “Case Closed,” USA Network, 1993-1994
Show runner on innovative, primetime, cable reality show featuring investigations and solution of problems faced by viewers.

Producer, “PrimeTime Live,” ABC, 1991
Produced stories for network newsmagazine.

Additional production work with CBS, Fox, 20th TV, and others 1988-1993


Herdrich, Peter. (2016, February). Nimrud Rising: an immersive virtual reality recreation of a lost site. Ancient Near East Today. Retrieved from

#CultureUnderThreat video series, The Antiquities Coalition – Executive Producer.  Season two of video series shot in New York at the #CultureUnderThreat Summit, featuring international leaders seeking solutions in the war on looting, the illicit trade in antiquities, and terrorism. 2015-16.

#CultureUnderThreat video series, The Antiquities Coalition – Executive Producer.  Season one of video series shot in Egypt at the Cairo Conference, featuring international leaders seeking solutions in the war on looting, the illicit trade in antiquities, and terrorism. 2015.

Blogger, The Antiquities Coalition, 2015-16.

“Egyptian Ministry Signs First Ever Public-Private Partnership Agreement with International Coalition to Protect Egyptian Antiquities,” The Ancient Near East Today. March 2014. Web. 17 March 2014.

“How ASOR is Helping to Protect Egyptian Antiquities,” The Ancient Near East Today. January 2014. Web. 14 January 2014.

Publisher, Archaeology magazine, Archaeological Institute of America, 2010-2013.

Publisher, Archaeology magazine special interest publication, “Shipwrecks,” Archaeological Institute of America, 2013.

Publisher, Archaeology magazine special interest publication, “The Classical World,” Archaeological Institute of America, 2012.

Editor, Media and the Muslim World website, Paley Center for Media
Record of the proceedings and resources developed for the Media and the Muslim World conference sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation.

Senior Producer/writer, “Inside Edition,” CBS Television Distribution
Produced over 300 television broadcasts annually, with an aggregate worldwide audience of 1.4 billion viewers. 1995-2009.

Producer/writer for ABC, Disney, Fox, NBC, Paramount, USA Network, and others
Newsmagazine and show producer focusing on news programming. 1985-1994.

Director, Book Arts Press, Columbia University
In collaboration with Professor Terry Belanger, Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia, created videos on bibliographical subjects for Rare Book School, including:

  • The Anatomy of a Book: Format, covering format in the hand press period, 1991.
  • How to Operate a Book, covering book structures through history, 1986.
  • From Punch to Printing Type, covering punchmaking and casting type using a hand mold, 1985.


National Headliner Award for coverage of the September 11 attacks, 2002.

Deadline Club Award for coverage of the September 11 attacks, 2002.

EDI Award, National Easter Seal Society, for promoting equality, dignity, and independence for people with disabilities, 1997.

American Woman in Radio and Television Commendation Award for coverage of Bosnia's orphans, 1996.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting for “The Second Battlefield,on the Veterans Administration healthcare system, ABC News. 1991

Board Service:

Vice Chairman, International Coalition to Protect Egyptian Antiquities, Washington, DC, 2012-2014.

Founding Board member, Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research, Plymouth State University, 2013-2015

Advisory Board, Dig magazine, 2010-2013
Dig magazine is an archaeological publication for children produced by Cobblestone Publishing, Petersborough, NH

Governing Board, Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, MA, 2005-10

Chair, Media Task Force

Board of Directors, Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA, 1995-2010.
Rare Book School supports the study of the history of books, printing, and related subjects and offers courses on topics concerning old and rare books, manuscripts, and special collections. Vice Chair; Chair, Development Committee.


Moderator, New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, “The Destruction of World Heritage Sites as It Concerns Cultural Property and International Law,” 2016

Demonstration of the immersive virtual reality project, Nimrud Rising, as part ofthe symposium, “The Future of the Past: Digitizing Cultural Property in an Era of Destruction,” associated with the exhibition “The Missing: Rebuilding the Past

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice,  City University of New York, 2016.

Presenter, Case Western Reserve University Innovation Summit, “Innovation and the Antiquities Coalition,” Cleveland, OH, 2015.

Keynote speaker, 150th Anniversary Gala at the Park-McCullough House, N. Bennington, VT, 2015.

Moderator and presenter, New York University Art Crime Seminar, “Cultural Heritage Destruction and the Illicit Trade,” New York, 2015

Moderator, The Cairo Conference: Culture Under Threat: the Security, Economic and Cultural Impact of Antiquities Theft in the Middle East, expert panels, “What role can and should the International Community play?” and “Supply and Demand,” Cairo, Egypt, 2015.

Expert Guest, ABC News, “Tunisia Makes Arrests After Deadly Attack, As US Musuems Go on Alert,” May 2015

Expert Guest, Criminal Justice Matters, CUNY Television, episode “Stealing the Past: Terrorists and the Black Market in Antiquities.” March, 2015,

Lecturer, Turkish Radio and Television, Ankara, Turkey, 2013. Three-day seminar for TRT journalists on advanced news broadcasting.

Panelist, Greek Economy Conference, “Growth in the Tourism Sector in Greece,” Athens, Greece, 2012.

Moderator, Greek Investment Forum, “Tourism – A Pillar of Growth,” New York, NY. 2012.

Multiple presentations at Archaeological Institute of America events, including at Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, New York City, and Orange County local society meetings; International Archaeology Day events in New York and Washington, DC; Annual Meeting presentations in Seattle and San Diego; and Archaeology magazine events with partners from Cyprus, the Republic of Macedonia, Norway, and Tasmania in New York and San Francisco; 2005-2013.

Organizer and moderator, “Archeological and Cultural Heritage Preservation in Libya,” Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2012
Conference featuring American and Libyan archaeologists in discussion about cultural heritage preservation, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership project for Libya, 2012.

Lecturer, “A Voyage in History,” United Nations, NY, 2012.
Presentation as part of the Unlearning Intolerance program of United Nations Academic Impact on archaeology and intolerance.

Lecturer, The Elios Society, San Franscisco, CA, “Site Preservation in Greece.” 2011

Founder, International Coalition to Protect Egyptian Antiquities, 2011
Visited Cairo at the invitation of the Egyptian government for a series of meetings with senior Egyptian officials and private sector and archaeological experts to create a comprehensive plan to protect Egypt’s archaeological and cultural heritage sites.

Host and presenter, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” premiere, New York, NY, 2010
Interviewed director Werner Herzog at Archaeology magazine-sponsored premiere of documentary on Chauvet Caves.

Conference producer, “The Future of Journalism Education,” Paley Center for Media, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation, 2010
The meeting brought together 150 faculty, deans and students from a dozen leading journalism schools.

Content and conference producer, “Media and the Muslim World,” Paley Center for Media, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation, 2009
Two day conference for journalists and members of the Muslim community addressing the question, “What can the news media do to provide a fuller, more informed, and more normalized view of Muslim issues?”

Lecturer, University of Virginia, “A Informal History of Rare Book School,” 2009

Lecturer, Montclair State University, broadcast journalism, 2008