Portrait of Drue Pearce

Government Experience

  • State Government: Alaska—President, Alaska State Senate (two terms)
  • U.S. Department of the Interior—Senior Advisor, Immediate Office of the Secretary of the Interior
  • Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects—Federal Coordinator


  • Indiana University, B.A.
  • Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, M.P.A.
  • Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, The Executive Program
Drue Pearce, Senior Policy Advisor Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2697
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Drue Pearce is a senior policy advisor with Crowell & Moring's Environment & Natural Resources and Government Affairs groups. She provides strategic legislative and regulatory advice to a wide variety of natural resources, manufacturing, and energy clients as they navigate government relations, as well as legal and regulatory issues at the various state and federal agencies with jurisdiction over resource development projects. Ms. Pearce brings a wealth of experience on energy, environment, economic security, and natural resources issues in North America, and specifically in Alaska and Canada.

She has more than 30 years of experience in government affairs, public relations, natural resources and energy policy and regulation, having served in the Alaska State Legislature, the private sector, and in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the Department of the Interior and at the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects.

In 2014, Drue was elected as an associate fellow of the Nautical Institute for her role in the development of Alaska Arctic maritime safety policy. In 2006, she was nominated by President George W. Bush, confirmed by Congress and sworn in by the vice president as the first Federal Coordinator in the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects, an independent federal agency created by Congress in 2004. The mission of the OFC is to advance the nation's energy, environmental and economic security by expediting the delivery of natural gas from the North Slope of Alaska to North American markets. As the first federal coordinator, Pearce was responsible for startup of an agency responsible for coordinating the activities of more than 20 federal agencies and for all aspects of management of the agency. She participated in the annual Energy Consultative Mechanism bilateral meetings between the USA and Canada and chaired the U.S. participation in Senior Intergovernmental Management Team bilateral discussions regarding Alaska North Slope natural gas transportation system policy.

Prior to that, Pearce served as a senior advisor to both Secretary Gale Norton and Secretary Dirk Kempthorne at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) where she dealt primarily with Alaska Affairs. While at DOI, Pearce was appointed by the secretary as federal trustee to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council and as the DOI representative to the Inter-Agency Research Policy Council (IARPC). She also represented the secretary and department as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Arctic Council and served on the executive committee that organized the first USA – Canada Arctic Research Forum held in 2009. She was appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee where she served from 2003-2009. She was also appointed by the Secretary of Defense to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).

Pearce served in the Alaska State Legislature for 17 years, presiding as senate president for two terms. She served as chair and on the Executive Committee of The Energy Council from 1989 to 2001. She was the American co-chair of the U.S. West Coast – Russian Far East Business Commission Ad Hoc Working Group for four years and hosted and signed official protocols with both the Sakhalin and Khabarovsk regional Dumas while Senate President.

Pearce has private sector experience in banking, education, farming, as a small business owner and as a resources consultant to a Fortune 500 Alaska Native Corporation.

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