General Director NetHope

Lance Pierce is the CEO of NetHope, a consortium of more than 60 leading global nonprofits representing over 60% of the world’s aid funding delivered through NGOs annually. NetHope is united with over 50 major technology companies and international funding institutions to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve some of the world’s most complex humanitarian, development, and conservation challenges. Over his career Lance has been a strategic advisor and executive with companies and nonprofit organizations; building new ventures and partnerships for sustainable investing, climate change, corporate responsibility, international development and policy. Lance’s NGO executive roles include President of CDP North America, the world’s largest platform for investors, corporations and cities to share data, manage performance and build action programs on climate change, energy, water, forests and supply chains, and Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of leading sustainability organization, Ceres, where he oversaw policy, programs and strategic planning, launched signature program initiatives and co-founded the $22 trillion Global Investor Coalition. In CSR and corporate public affairs he served Director, Corporate Issues Management for former Fortune 11 food and consumer goods company, Altria Group, leading teams focused on human rights, marketplace issues and economic impact in supply chains. Lance has been an advisor to global consumer brands, leading NGOs and UN agencies on strategic program development and South-South cooperation. He is a Senior Program Fellow at the Harvard Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Executive Advisor at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Senior Fellow in the Sustainable Finance Cluster at the University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability, board member of Swiss international development organization, Helvetas, and former Track Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. Lance has been a speaker at The White House, high level industry and investor conferences, the UN climate negotiations, SXSW, and has appeared in global media including CNN, Fox, Wall St Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Fast Company, Forbes and others. He began his career as a US Peace Corps Volunteer.