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About Dr. Pierce

Tina Pierce was born in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of Columbus City Schools. During her academic journey at Ohio State, Tina meet her soon to be husband, track star Andrew Pierce. Tina and Andrew have four children Andrew II, Malcolm, Catherine, and Michelle. She is active at her children’s schools facilitating the Civic Education and Leadership Academy at Columbus Alternative High School. She also served as a member of the site-based councils at Clinton Elementary School and Dominion Middle School.

Growing up in a single parent household, Tina and her younger brother were raised with help from their maternal grandparents and extended family. Her upbringing in a strong working class family instilled within her the belief that education and hard work provide the critical foundation for success in life. Tina’s mother and grandparents set high academic expectations early and provided Tina with the tools and support she needed to thrive in school.

Tina attended five Columbus City elementary schools: Weinland Park, Cranbrook, Innis, Devonshire Alternative, and Fairmoor. Her mother used school choice as a strategy to meet Tina’s learning needs. Tina earned high school and college credit as a Post-Secondary Enrollment student at Ohio Dominican College, while attending Beechcroft High School. After graduating from Beechcroft, Tina accepted an Excellence Scholarship through the Office of Minority Affairs at Ohio State, thus becoming the first person in her family to attend college. As an undergraduate she studied Political Science, African, and African American Studies. After completing two bachelor degrees with honors, Tina began her graduate studies at Ohio State in the Department of Political Science. As a Doctoral student she focused on the politics of urban education. Her dissertation researched educational policy within Columbus City Schools.

Upon earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, she taught at Denison University in the Center for Black Studies, in the Department of Political Science, and additionally in the Department of Women's Studies as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She spearheaded efforts to promote mentorship and service learning throughout her courses by partnering with Heritage and Wilson Middle Schools in Newark, Ohio. In addition to serving as the CEO & Founder of WORTH (Working Through Obstacles Reaching True Heights) and the Executive Director & Founder of the WORTH Foundation, Tina teaches at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.

Tina’s academic training and professional experiences have given her a keen understanding of the political landscape of urban education, especially within Ohio and Columbus. She will encourage educators and community members to work together in collaboration to drive the success of our students and schools.


Community Service

2019-Present President, The Ohio State University Undergraduate Student Government Alumni Society
2017-Present Member, Columbus City Schools Board of Education Policy Committee, Columbus, Ohio
2016-Present Advisory Board Member, Kids Voting Central Ohio Columbus, Ohio
2016-Present Member, Columbus City Schools Partnership Planning Committee, Columbus, Ohio
2015-Present Member, Columbus International Festival 2016 Planning Committee Columbus, Ohio
2015-2016 Chair, Committee on Education Columbus Ohio Branch 3177 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Columbus, Ohio
2014-2015 Site-Based Council Member, Clinton Elementary School, Columbus, Ohio
2014-2015 Site-Based Council Member, Dominion Middle School, Columbus, Ohio
2013-2016 Troop 2404 Leader/Financial Officer, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Columbus, Ohio
2013-2015 Co-Chair of Undergraduate Research Section: National Conference of Black Political Scientists
2010-2014 Board Member, Kids Voting Central Ohio Columbus, Ohio
2006-2010 At-Large Board Member, Ohio HealthCare Federal Credit Union Board of Directors
2006-2007 Professional Development Chair, Volunteer Administrators’ Network (VAN) Board