William Pierce, Adjunct Faculty
William Pierce, MA, is a senior vice president of APCO Worldwide where he specializes in providing strategic advice and counsel, tactical execution and representation to a wide range of clients facing challenging circumstances as well as great opportunity. He helps clients develop strategies and tactics that combine media relations, policy, advocacy and alliances in campaigns to achieve definable objectives.. Prior to joining APCO in 2005, Pierce served as the deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At HHS Pierce was senior spokesperson for the department and the secretary and provided public affairs counsel to HHS and its agencies including 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.
Prior to joining HHS, Pierce served as the director of public affairs for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and before that worked first as a press secretary for Congresswoman Olympia Snowe (R-ME) then Congressman Bill Thomas (R-CA). He teaches Spokesperson Development and Training.