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Gretchen Natalie Pierce

Gretchen Natalie Pierce, American investment company executive. Recipient Webfoot Society Distinguished Alumni award, University Oregon, 1984, White Rose award for women of achievement, March of Dimes, 1990, Mayor's Recognition award, Eugene, 1992, Shining Star award, Eugene Chamber of Commerce, 1998, First Citizen award, 1999, Lane County Outstanding Citizen award, 2001.


  • Pierce, Gretchen Natalie was born on July 7, 1945 in Eugene, Oregon, United States. Daughter of Nils Bernard and Jewel (Bauman) Hult.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Oregon, 1966.


    • Research analyst Boise (Idaho) Cascade Corporation, 1966-1968, manager divisions, 1968-1984, director information administration, 1984-1986. President, general manager Hult & Associates, Eugene, since 1986. Board directors Siuslaw Valley Bank, Florence, Oregon.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Lutheran


    Trustee University Oregon, Sacred Heart Hospital, 1987—1991. President Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, 1992. Member Oregon Economic Development Commission, since 1993.

    Trustee University Oregon Foundation, 1986—2001, president, 1997—1998, trustee emeritus, since 2001. Member endowment board Young Men’s Christian Association, 1987—1990. Member advisory committee on Hult Center Eugene, 1999—2000, member public safety coordinator council, finance committee, 1999.

    Chairman City Advisory Committee on Hult Center, 1997. Member Governor's Work Group on Economic Development Policy, 1997—1998, Work Group on Performance Measures, 1999—2000. Vice chairman Governor's Task Force on Education and the Economy, 1996—1997.

    Member Governor's Task Force on Gaming, 1996. Member Executive Transition Team for Governor Kitzhaber, 1994. Chair Council Committee on Economic Development, City of Eugene, 1994.

    Member Southern Willamette advisory council Oregon Business Magazine, 1992—1994. Member executive committee Women on the Move, 1986—1992, chair, 1988—1990. Chair capital campaign Planned Parenthood, 1990—1991.

    Chair community fundraising Western Rivers council Girl Scouts United States of America, 1987—1988, chair major gifts, 1991. Board directors City Cub of Eugene, 1990—1991, Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Partnership, 1992. Member Oregon Women's Forum, University Oregon Alumni (Distinguished Alumni award 1984).

    Lodges: Rotary.



    Gardening, skiing, swimming.


    • Married Howard Walter Pierce, December 26, 1970. Children: Eric Nils, Hailey Lynn.
    • father: Nils Bernard Hult
    • mother: Jewel (Bauman) Hult
    • spouse: Howard Walter Pierce
    • children: Eric Nils Pierce
    • Hailey Lynn, Pierce
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    Born July 7, 1945
    (age 72)
    • 1966
      University Oregon
    • 1986
      president, Hult & Associates
      Eugene, Oregon, United States
    • 1986
      general manager, Hult & Associates
      Eugene, Oregon, United States