The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce family grieves with the Salem community and the Pierce family over the unexpected and tragic passing of Dr. Selma Pierce. The Salem Chamber and the Inspire Foundation were fortunate to have Dr. Selma Pierce as a leader on their respective boards of directors. Dr. Selma Pierce served as a community volunteer from the moment she arrived in Salem over three decades ago. Her passion for serving the community included providing health care to low income individuals, advancing educational opportunities for youth, and advocating for businesses in Oregon to be in the best position to thrive. Dr. Pierce was also a loving wife, mother, and successful dentist.
As a woman-of-color, she broke through many glass ceilings while paving the way for others to enter into positions of leadership. She led with humility and grace while always assuming the posture of a servant leader. She was eternally kind and sincere. Dr. Selma Pierce made a profound difference in our community and her loss will be felt for years to come. Our deepest sympathies to the Pierce Family.