Cynthia Gilliam Pierre

Cynthia Gilliam Pierre

Cynthia G. Pierre is currently serving her second stint as Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  She also was the Chief Operating Officer for the EEOC during the Obama administration.   Her total federal career has spanned 37 years including eight years as Regional Director and National Enforcement Director for the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.  Prior to joining the federal government, Dr. Pierre worked in international development for a nonprofit, working extensively in West Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.  Dr. Pierre also currently is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Maryland Global Campus and Professorial Lecturer at The George Washington University where she teaches courses on leadership, intercultural communications, and diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Pierre was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban studies; was a junior year exchange student at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; obtained a Master of Arts degree from Antioch University; and a Ph.D. in public administration from the George Washington University. She also has completed the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program at the Federal Executive Institute. In 2015, Dr. Pierre was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University and currently serves as a member of the TSPPPA Advisory Council.