Raymond C. Pierce serves as the President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation, where he leads the organization’s mission to advance students’ access to quality education in the southern states. Since joining SEF in January 2018, Pierce has launched a legislative initiative aimed at impacting public education policy in the South on a local, state, and federal level. Most recently, he has spearheaded the creation of a forthcoming SEF Research Institute, which will support the production of empirical research on issues impacting policies centered on public education.
Prior to joining SEF, Mr. Pierce served as Dean of the School of Law at North Carolina Central University and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights under the administration of President Bill Clinton. Mr. Pierce has also been a partner at the law firms of Baker Hostetler and Nelson Mullins, where his practice focused on higher education matters, commercial transactions, and banking. Earlier in his career, Pierce was employed as an attorney in the law department of the LTV Corporation, and began his career as a civil rights attorney in Little Rock, Arkansas with the John W. Walker Law Firm.
Mr. Pierce is a past member of the North Carolina State Banking Commission, and currently is a director of M&F Bank and M&F Bancorp, where he serves on the audit and corporate governance committees.
Mr. Pierce earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.