Grey L. Pierce

Grey L. Pierce

Pronouns: they/them

Assistant Director, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting
Project Manager, State of the State Survey, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research
Outreach Coordinator, University Center for Regional Economic Innovation, Center for Community and Economic Development


Grey L. Pierce

Grey is the Assistant Director of MSU Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC), where they supervise and conduct WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.1 evaluations, advise on accessibility policy, and work on grant-funded research. Grey's work is primarily focused on the accessibility of digital materials (websites, apps, documents, etc.), but they also evaluate and advise on the accessibility of physical hardware, objects, and spaces. Their work at UARC is conducted in partnership with university, government, and corporate clients. Grey has also conducted extensive research into making voting in elections more accessible to people with disabilities, and currently helps run Voting with Disabilities in Michigan and sits on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Voting Systems Human Factors Working Group and the State of Michigan Bureau of Elections Accessible Voting Systems Working Group. UARC is located in the MSU Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement (UOE).

Grey is also the Project Manager of the MSU State of the State Survey (SOSS), a phone and online survey of Michigan adults about current public policy issues that is run two to four times each year, at the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR). They are responsible for all aspects of SOSS, including question design, programming survey instruments, managing survey samples, data weighting, and working with clients. IPPSR is located in the MSU College of Social Science.

Additionally, Grey is the Outreach Coordinator for the EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation at the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED). CCED is located within UOE.

Grey is heavily involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts at MSU and in the community, primarily focused on LGBTQA+ and trans issues, gender issues, disabilities issues, and racial equity issues, and is also involved in efforts to reform sexual assault policies and improve outcomes for survivors. Grey serves as Co-Chair of the MSU Accommodating Technology Committee (ATC) and Vice Chair of the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) Subcommittee of the MSU President's Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (PACDI), is on the Steering Committee of the Power of We Consortium, helps lead multiple projects for Queering Medicine, is a member of the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Team, and is an active participant in many other university and community groups.

Grey has written or co-written funded grants totaling over $4.7 million, and is responsible for over 250 technical reports, research reports, and peer-reviewed publications, including nearly 200 accessibility evaluations. They are involved in planning and organizing a variety of events, including Michigan's World Usability Day and the Innovate Michigan! Summit.

Grey earned their Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology at Michigan State University.

Grey's curriculum vitae is available at

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