WALTHAM, MA | February 6, 2013
EDC President and CEO Luther Luedtke announced today that Anne Bryant, former executive director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and Robert Peirce, a Los Angeles businessman with a long career in the British Diplomatic Service, have joined EDC’s board of trustees.
A nationally recognized leader in education, Bryant led the NSBA for 16 years, advocating for equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership and representing state school board associations and their 13,000 member districts across the United States. Her many accomplishments include testifying before Congress on topics such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and collaborating with 15 education organizations to create the Learning First Alliance focused on raising student achievement, creating safe environments, and connecting communities to their schools. Bryant has won numerous awards and serves on a variety of boards, including the BiddingForGood/Family Education Network and the Hospital Corp. of America.
Robert Peirce served as British Consul General in Los Angeles from 2005 until 2009, when he retired from the British Diplomatic Service after three decades of distinguished posts in China, Hong Kong, Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Peirce also served as Private Secretary to three British Foreign Secretaries—Sir Geoffrey Howe, John Major, and Douglas Hurd. He drafted the 1999 report that led to policing reforms in Northern Ireland and had a major role alongside Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, in negotiating the transfer of Hong Kong to China. In his Los Angeles posting, he helped write the agreement on climate change signed by Prime Minister Tony Blair and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Peirce is also co-founder of BritWeek, a nonprofit organization celebrating British contributions to California.
“The experience and talents that Anne Bryant and Bob Peirce bring to our board of trustees will be invaluable as EDC continues to pursue its work in education, health, and workforce development both in the United States and around the world,” said Luedtke.
Both trustees were confirmed at EDC’s board meeting on January 29, 2013.
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