Peter Khalil grew up the son of immigrants. Faced with discrimination at home, Peter’s father, a Coptic Christian, came to the United States with $200 and the hope that he could make a better life for himself. It was here that he met and married Peter’s mother, a fellow Egyptian immigrant. Determined to give Peter every opportunity to succeed, they borrowed against their home to send him to the best schools.

Peter carried his parents’ lessons with him as he graduated from Columbia University and then Stanford Law School. He met his wife, Becca, in law school. Like his parents, however, Peter had to take out loans to fund his education. Buried under a mountain of student debt, he accepted a job as a securities lawyer on Wall Street on the eve of the 2008 financial crisis. There, Peter witnessed first-hand the disturbing reality of America’s political and economic system. He saw the revolving door between Wall Street and government that guaranteed bankers would not be held responsible for robbing the public. After his son, Adrian, was born, Peter quit.

In 2010, Peter and Becca decided to move to Clark County, where Becca grew up, to raise their son in a place that cares more about who you help than what you own. Peter started a small business, Northwest Mediation, where he’s worked as a professional mediator to help individuals and organizations resolve their conflicts. Peter has also been an active volunteer in the community, having coached Mock Trial at Ridgefield High School, his wife’s alma mater, and socialized guide dogs for the blind.