Mr. Pierce holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and English and a master’s degree in worldwide relations from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Washington, D.C., Dean’s Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Mr. Pierce also holds the designation of Professional from the Academy for Healthcare Management. In 2000, he ended up being a founding member of the George Mason University Mercatus Center’s Advisory Council for Capitol Hill Programs– a center providing educational shows on a wide range of problems to Capitol Hill staff and members of Congress.
Mr. Pierce is an adjunct professor at The Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Program, where he teaches classes in media relations and crisis communication.
Prior to joining APCO, Mr. Pierce served as the deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS, Mr. Pierce was senior spokesman for the department and the secretary, and provided public affairs counsel to HHS and its firms consisting of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of Global Health Affairs. He also dealt with HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson on the HHS’s diet and exercise project.
Prior to HHS, Mr. Pierce acted as the director of public affairs for heaven Cross and Blue Shield Association, and prior to that worked first as a press secretary for Congresswoman Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and then for Congressman Bill Thomas (R-CA). Before working on the Hill, Mr. Pierce was director of interaction for the National Taxpayers Union, an account executive for Hill & Knowlton and a research associate with Government Research Corporation. He started his profession in Washington as a research study expert for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
William Pierce, senior director of APCO Worldwide, signed up with the company in 2005. Mr. Pierce concentrates on providing tactical recommendations and counsel, tactical execution and representation to healthcare customers. He assists clients establish methods and methods that integrate media relations, policy, advocacy and alliances in campaigns to accomplish definable goals. He likewise offers crisis interaction training and counsel.