Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer
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Lance Pierce is Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Ceres, overseeing programs, operations and strategic planning. He previously served with the Union of Concerned Scientists as Director of the Climate & Energy Program, UCS’s largest program, and Harvard Business School where he was Project Director in the launch of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative.
Pierce has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors with much of his professional background focusing on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In CSR, he has worked with AFP, the world's third largest news agency, the World Bank, and served as Director, Corporate Issues Management for Fortune 20 food and consumer goods holding company, Altria Group. As a corporate consultant prior, he worked with some of the world's leading companies in investment banking, real estate, media and U.S. government agencies. Pierce began his career in sustainable development, having been principal of a consultancy working with United Nations agencies and leading international development NGOs, and serving in the Peace Corps.
Pierce currently sits on the board of The Nyanya Project, an organization supporting African grandmothers caring for their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren. His credits include co-authorship of Harvard Business School cases with leading HBS faculty on corporate sustainability and leadership transition, producing documentaries for public television, and he has been quoted in The New York Times, Reuters, International Herald Tribune and other major media outlets. He holds an MA in Anthropology from New York University and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.