Jan Pierce - Attorney
Why do you want to be on the Outpost Natural Foods Board of Directors?
I am currently finishing my first term as a director on Outpost's board. While I have served on a number of boards, this has been my most satisfying - not just because I am passionate about the role of cooperatives in our community, and Outpost in particular, but because the work has been intellectually and professionally challenging.
What professional skills do you bring to a Board position of a $50 million business?
I’ve been a business lawyer for over fifteen years. Prior to that, I worked for two Milwaukee corporations - first as an accountant, and more recently as a controller. My law degree is from Marquette University Law School, and I studied Political Science, Philosophy, History and International Relations extensively at University of Wisconsin-Madison before getting a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Viterbo University. Since 2012, I have operated my own business and real estate law practice that focuses on working with entrepreneurs, closely-held businesses, non-profits, and cooperatives. I currently serve on the boards of Outpost, the Milwaukee Urban Economic Development Association, and Cream City CrossFit Cooperative. Previously, I have served on the boards of the Bay View Neighborhood Association and the Victory Garden Initiative. In addition to the above technical education and experience, an effective board member should possess excellent interpersonal communication skills, a genuine respect for other board members, an ability to lead, but also the ability and willingness to work collaboratively with others. I believe that I possess all of these skills.
Describe areas in which you are culturally fluent with a diverse community. This can include your personal or professional history or both.
While I was born in Chicago, my childhood was spent in Southeast Asia. Before becoming a teenager, I had more experience dealing with different cultures than most people will in their entire lifetime. I have lived and worked in Milwaukee for over twenty years. I have worked effectively with a diverse clientele from all of Milwaukee's communities as a lawyer, and this is especially true since opening my own practice. I take great pride in my ability to bridge ethnic and cultural divides that are, unfortunately, so common in this city.