Board Vice President Dr. Tina D. Pierce

  • Tina Pierce smiling in red dressElected: November 2019
    Term Began: January 2020
    Term Expires: December 31, 2027

    Dr. Tina Pierce, a dedicated leader and public servant, currently serves as the Board Vice President of the Columbus Board of Education. In her second term since being elected in 2019, Dr. Pierce is a proud Columbus native and a graduate of Beechcroft High School. Growing up in a resilient working-class family, she learned that education and hard work are keys to success - a belief she instills in her four children - Andrew, Malcolm, Catherine, and Michelle.

    As a servant leader, Dr. Pierce empowers individuals to effect positive transformative change in their communities. She is a tireless advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, demonstrating a proven record of expertise and leadership in advancing education. Her commitment extends beyond her local community, where she served as President of the Ohio School Board Association Central Region for two years and currently holds the position of Immediate Past President. Elected as a Biden delegate, representing Ohio District 3 at the 2024 Democratic National Convention in January 2024, Dr. Pierce's focus remains steadfast on advancing education and protecting democracy for all.

    A proud alumna of The Ohio State University, Dr. Pierce serves as the Chief of Strategy and Belonging for The Ohio State University Alumni Association. With over two decades of experience in higher education, civic engagement, and leadership development, she is a distinguished thought leader, fostering inclusive and equitable environments through strategies that drive meaningful change. Demonstrating a courageous spirit and passion for building bridges between institutions and communities, Dr. Pierce founded WORTH (Working Through Obstacles Reaching True Heights), an education consulting company providing evidence-based training and programs to cultivate leadership and increase civic engagement. She is also the Co-Founder of the WORTH Foundation, a non-profit fostering community engagement through civic education and leadership development. 

    Dr. Pierce values education, holding a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science with a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in College and University Teaching, a Master of Arts in Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences with Distinction in Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with Distinction in African American and African Studies. In 2020, she created the Dr. Tina Pierce Social Justice Scholarship to provide funding to Columbus City School graduates who have demonstrated a commitment to community engagement, social justice, or political activism. In creating the scholarship, she envisioned the formation of sustainable connections between current and past Columbus City Schools leaders. Dr. Pierce continues to leave an indelible mark on our community and beyond, fostering a legacy of social change for generations to come. 

    Phone: 614-365-7905


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