J. Christopher Pierce
Title: Board Member
Christopher Pierce is a Virginia native, originally from the Hampton Roads area, and has lived in Richmond and Williamsburg before settling in Alexandria. Christopher has invested nearly thirty years as a public servant in the Virginia court systems, working in clerks’ offices in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. In their role with the Supreme Court of Virginia, Office of the Executive Secretary, they served on the Mid-Atlantic Association of Court Management Board, as a Virginia advisory board member. Also, as an active member of the National Association of Court Management has recently been invited to participate in a joint, State Justice Institute (SJI) grand funded initiative with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Judges (NCJFCJ) and the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) to: 1) develop and deliver nationally significant educational programs and guidance focused on sexual harassment and assault, including actions targeted against LGBTQ individuals in the courts; and 2) provide distance learning opportunities to broaden the opportunities for education on this topic to judges, court managers, administrators and other court professionals, including many justice partners such as the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE), American Judges Association (AJA), National Association of Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO), state court management associations, and NACM’s international partners. In addition to their participation in court management associations, they are also involved in the Virginia Judicial System’s own examination and implementation of its diversity, equity, and inclusivity practices.
Christopher married their husband Joey in 2020 and has four beautiful children, one daughter Delaney, and three sons, Cooper, Sawyer, and August – ranging from teenager to toddler. Christopher and Joey are both products of mixed-orientation marriages to women and are committed to using their life experiences to encourage other individuals in the community and online who find themselves in similar situations, offering them a safe space to find their life of true authenticity. Christopher joined the Equality Virginia Board in 2021 and proudly serves on the Racial Justice and Development Committees.