Peter Bonilla, a native of the Washington, D.C., area, joined FIRE in 2008. As Vice President of Programs, Peter managed the implementation of much of FIRE’s Speech, Outreach, Advocacy, and Research (SOAR) Project, supported by a $2.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Prior to managing the SOAR project Peter was for several years the director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, advocating directly on behalf of wrongly censored students and faculty members nationwide. Before joining FIRE, Peter was Literary Manager of Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company, and he is a past recipient of a fellowship in playwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His first play was developed (with Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn) at Philadelphia’s PlayPenn New Play Development Conference, and premiered to critical acclaim in Arizona in September 2011. In 2009, Peter was a contestant on the television game show Jeopardy! His undergraduate degree, with a double major in theater arts and economics, is from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently works from Cambridge, Massachusetts, after living 19 years in Philadelphia.