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PRESS RELEASE
1-27-15

Cynthia Gilliam Pierre Named Chief Operating Officer of EEOC

Agency Veteran Returns to Management Post After Service with the Department of Education

WASHINGTON-Jenny R. Yang, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has named Cynthia Gilliam Pierre to be the agency's Chief Operating Officer (COO), the agency announced. The COO manages all aspects of the Commission's day-to-day operations.

"In this 50th anniversary year of the founding of the EEOC, we are pleased to have a COO with the breadth of management experience and knowledge of our programs and culture that Cynthia Pierre brings to this important position," said Chair Yang. "I look forward to working with her as we position the agency for the next 50 years of service to the nation."

Pierre returns to the agency where she first started her service in 1982 as a program analyst in its Houston district office. She spent 26 years at the EEOC in various positions including director of the EEOC's Birmingham, Ala., district office and director of Field Management Programs. Most recently, she worked at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, where she held the positions of Regional Director in Atlanta, and prior to that, Enforcement Director.

"I am delighted to return to the agency where I first started my career and whose mission-fighting employment discrimination-is so vital," said Pierre. "I have already rekindled relationships with former colleagues and started new ones. I am grateful to Chair Yang for giving me this new opportunity to serve."

A native of Lawrenceville, Va., Pierre holds a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania; an M.A. 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.