Cheree Peterson, SES

Regional Business Director

South Pacific Division
Published Jan. 26, 2018

Cheree Peterson currently serves as the Regional Business Director for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Division (SPD), headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Established in 1888 to help settle the West, the Division is one of nine USACE regional Commands. It encompasses California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and parts of five other states. The Division comprises four operating districts headquartered in Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco.

Ms. Peterson began overseeing SPD’s Regional Business Directorate in 2022, driving program delivery in Veterans Affairs construction valued at more than $4 billion as well as overseeing SPD’s engineering and construction, resource management, and strategic direction.  She is standing up a new division to improve project scheduling, delivery, as well as data analytics, one of the first of its kind in USACE.  Prior to this, Ms, Peterson was the SPD’s Programs Director for almost seven years, focused on successfully delivering an $11 billion civils works, military construction, and veterans affairs design and construction program.  For her prior work as the Programs Director, Ms. Peterson was awarded the Bronze De Fluery in 20XX.

Ms. Peterson worked directly with, or for, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since graduating from the University of Washington with her Master's in Public Administration and her Bachelors in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She began her career at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget overseeing the then $4 Billion U.S. Army Corps of Engineers accounts, and specializing in Environmental Restoration, the Everglades, Rivers and Harbors maintenance, and the Regulatory Program.

After a fellowship with the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, Water Resources Sub-Committee in 1998, Ms. Peterson moved to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation where she built partnerships with a range of federal agencies, including USACE and the Department of Interior agencies. Ms. Peterson also spent more than a year in the US Fish and Wildlife Service Budget Office, writing budget narrative and overseeing the Service’s land acquisition program.

Moving to the west coast in 2003, Ms. Peterson became the Executive Assistant to the Commanding General of USACE South Pacific Division where she led efforts to build strategic partnerships, and to prioritize senior leadership engagement based on future-focused national and regional priority relationships, issues, and events.

In 2009, Ms. Peterson transferred to the Sacramento District where she created the Command’s Synchronization and Initiatives Group (SIG), to lead the District’s strategic planning efforts, facilitate senior leader engagement, disseminate customer survey results, and reinvigorate the District's training program.

Ms. Peterson returned to the South Pacific Division's in August of 2010 to become the Chief, Civil Works Integration Division. Ms. Peterson led the $350 million program, to include two Mega-projects, garnering increasing resources to drive mission delivery in flood risk, navigation, and restoration. For a six month period, Ms. Peterson became SPD’s Chief, Military Programs, overseeing the entire military program then valued at $900 million, resulting in the highest execution achievement in USACE. This included managing relationships and mission delivery with the Air Force Civil Engineering Center, Fort Irwin National Training Center and the Army Installation Management Command.