Thomas Pierce joined Pendaran following a 27-year career with the U.S. Department of State, where he was a member of the Senior Foreign Service. Thomas served in leadership positions at embassies and consulates around the world, as well as in Washington, D.C.
As Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps (and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), he provided briefings to senior Marine Corps leadership on international developments and accompanied the Commandant on international travel and in meetings with foreign military and civilian leaders.
In postings at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, where he was Deputy Coordinator for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, and in Brasilia as the Coordinator for the 2014 Soccer World Cup, Thomas led interagency teams in the U.S. Government’s preparations for those mega-events and developed the strategy for U.S. planning and communications, including contributing to crisis response.
Thomas also served as the Chargé d’Affaires (acting Ambassador) and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, where he provided oversight to multiple U.S. agencies as well as operations and bilateral assistance budgets totaling $25 million. During that assignment, he hosted Operation “Fused Response,” the largest U.S. Special Operations exercise in the Western Hemisphere.
As the Deputy Director for the State Department’s Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, Thomas coordinated U.S. policy positions and chaired for the United States many of the multilateral negotiating sessions for the 2009 Summit of the Americas, Declaration of Port of Spain. Other Washington tours included Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs; Desk Officer for Panama and Nicaragua; and assignments in the Bureau of Economic Affairs.
As Chief of the Economic Unit at U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thomas was awarded the Presidential Duarte, Sanchez, Mella Order of Merit for his work on the United States-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement. Other overseas postings included Amman, Jordan; Melbourne, Australia; and Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Thomas received numerous U.S. Department of State awards, including both group and individual Meritorious Honor and Superior Honor awards. He has an MBA from Portland State University in Oregon, and a degree in business from Columbia Christian College. Thomas is a Certified Pendaran Coach. His experience and education uniquely qualify him as a Pendaran Structured Problem Solving Coach and Facilitator.