Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
Mr. Pelesh has served as Corinthian's Executive Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs since September 2003. Prior to joining Corinthian, Mr. Pelesh was a partner in the Washington DC law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP from 1997 to September 2003, where he founded and led the firm's Education Law Group. His work with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP encompassed dealing with Congress, the U.S. Department of Education and many state authorities, as well as representation of accrediting agencies. He also served as a participant in the Department of Education's negotiated rulemaking procedures.
From 1981 to 1997 Mr. Pelesh was with the law firm of Cohn and Marks, where he served as partner from 1985 to 1997 and associate from 1981 to 1985. At Cohn and Marks, Mr. Pelesh helped establish the firm's education practice and served on its management committee. He began his career at the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where as an associate from 1978 to 1981 his work focused on corporate, antitrust, real estate and litigation matters.
Mr. Pelesh holds a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a Bachelor's degree with Honors in History from Stanford University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. His articles on the legal issues surrounding education have been published in law reviews at Duke and Notre Dame and for the National Association of College and University Attorneys, among other publications.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.