Peter Herdrich, CEO

Peter Herdrich, CEO


I am CEO of Culture Capital and an accomplished leader with broad experience in successful ventures in both the for-profit and not-for-profit world. I have led worldwide media, cultural affairs, and educational institutions with distinction, focusing on communications and media strategy, television and media production, cultural heritage solutions for preservation and tourism, publishing, fundraising, policy, and institutional growth.

Positions Held

Cultural Capital Group, LLC, Chief Executive Officer, 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 communications strategies and content in support of your goals.

The Antiquities Coalition, Co-founder, 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.

The Heritas Group, Founding Partner, 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. By engaging clients as true partners, we discover solutions that help achieve your goals and help society to progress.

Archaeological Institute of America, Chief Executive Officer, 2010-2013
Publisher, Archaeology Magazine, 2010-2013

Chief executive at the world’s largest archaeological organization, with 225,000 members. Under my leadership, the Archaeological Institute of America supported the discipline with programs in outreach and education, site preservation, professional services, and advocacy while fundraising for programs and administration. It is the learned society for professionals and we published the American Journal of Archaeology, maintained three websites, and expanded to 110 local societies in cities around the world. 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 with a focus on balanced budgets
  • Setting fundraising records
  • Creating and executing the first-ever strategic plan
  • Establishing National Archaeology Day
  • Initiating and funding the Cotsen Excavation Grant program

Publisher of Archaeology magazine. 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.

Member, Archaeological Institute of America, Governing Board, 2005-2010

Paley Center for Media, Director, Industry Programs, 2009-2010
Responsible for oversight of the Media Council and the International Council, the forums for top executives to explore the critical issues facing world media. Produced over thirty events at venues around the world on topics include monetizing online content, media and the Middle East, the future of journalism education, and internet privacy.

CBS Television Distribution, Senior Producer, “Inside Edition”, 1995-2009
Number two editorial employee on eighty person staff of top ten rated syndicated news magazine.

Responsibilities included:

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

Winner, National Headliner Award and the Deadline Club Award for coverage of the attacks on 9/11

Executive Producer, “The Crusaders,” Buena Vista Television, 1994
Responsible for all aspects of production as top producer on groundbreaking syndicated 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 regular people.

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

Board Service

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

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

Board of Directors, Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA, 1993-2012
Rare Book School supports the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects and offers courses on topics concerning old and rare books, manuscripts, and special collections. 


BA, Columbia University, Comparative Literature. Graduate study, Program in Arts Administration, Columbia University.