Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce, has been with the company for thirteen years. He works with the company's customers, partners and account teams in areas including connected customer engagement, new data models and methods, trust technologies and practices, and business applications of AI-derived techniques. He currently spends most of his time with customers assisting their acceleration of digital transformation timelines in response to the global pandemic.
Peter spent eighteen years pre-Salesforce writing for publications including eWEEK, Computer Language and AI Expert, while also publishing two books and contributing to many others in areas including Java programming, IT governance, and nanotechnology developments. Before that, he worked for ten years as an AI applications analyst and desktop computing manager at The Aerospace Corporation, and in project management roles for various divisions of (what was then) Exxon Corporation in locations from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University; he has held faculty roles in IT strategy, business analytics, and AI methods at Pepperdine, UCLA and Chapman College. He has also lectured on innovation practices and AI techniques at Stanford, CalTech, Harvard Business School, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT, along with other institutions in Singapore, India and Spain.
In the real world, Peter has been a Boy Scout high-adventure expedition leader, choral and instrumental composer/conductor/performer, and manager of a Los Angeles-area food bank; he is President and co-founder of the Foundation for Intelligent Life on Earth, a Seattle-based nonprofit focusing its immediate attention on food insecurity in that region along with its principal ongoing support for climate-change research and mitigation.