LuAnn Piccard, PMP, associate professor and chair of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Project Management Department, is passionate about developing next-generation project management leaders and professionals seeking to enhance and expand opportunities throughout their careers and life journeys. Students and professionals appreciate the depth, relevance and breadth of her seasoned executive experience, transforming the learning environment into rigorous, collaborative and applied experiences. Additionally, Ms. Piccard facilitates engaged, university-wide shared governance as the faculty senate vice president. She led the UAA 2025 strategic planning and is currently leading its university-wide implementation.
Ms. Piccard led technology sector projects and portfolios for over 20 years, including 10 years of executive leadership at Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and Advanced Energy Industries. She led broad, complex and profitable business units serving customers globally, and lived internationally. Her depth of experience includes strategic “doing,” global execution at scale, mergers and acquisitions, C-suite partnerships, digital transformation/artificial intelligence and organizational change leadership.
A proud PMI Alaska Chapter member, volunteer and Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holder since 2007, she currently serves as the PMI Board of Directors’ Strategy Oversight Committee chair. She catalyzed PMI 4.0 social impact, championed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives, and augmented PMI’s B2B emphasis. Ms. Piccard was honored to interview Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai for the October 2020 PMI Virtual Experience Series. She has also previously served as chair of the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (PMI GAC).
Ms. Piccard embraces balanced strategic and fiduciary responsibilities of board governance partnered with executive and operational leadership. Inspired by community engagement, she has served on 11 nonprofit boards, including 10 years as an officer and director for Habitat for Humanity of Anchorage.
She champions a culture of continuous learning, emphasizing customer-centric empathy, agility, innovation and accountability, which are marked by her contagious enthusiasm and a passionate belief in people and possibilities that inspire new ways of thinking, with the courage to embrace uncertainty and tackle accompanying challenges.
Ms. Piccard earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering-product design from Stanford University, an early pioneer in design thinking. She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.