Pamela is a graduate of Vassar College with a BA in Economics. After college Pamela joined Peace Corps and served in Cali, Colombia where she worked at the Chamber of Commerce. After Peace Corps, Pamela was appointed to the US Foreign Service as a career diplomat with the US Information Agency (USIA). At USIA she specialized in public diplomacy and bilateral communications as a career US diplomat for almost eight years. It was as a US diplomat where Pamela planned and implemented US Foreign Policy Speakers programs at US Cultural Centers. Pamela also served as a moderator of film programs and private sector issues, as well as managed the Republic of South Africa International Visitor Program (IVP) at USIA.
After departing the diplomatic corps, Pamela worked in the IT industry from the late 1980s to 2005 as a hardware and software technical and marketing professional, and she worked as a UNIX system administrator and integrator at the Department of Labor, DOD, IRS, as well as the private industry companies of Mobil Oil, AOL, Motorola Satellite, Fannie Mae, Lockheed-Martin, ABN AMRO (Chicago), CORIO (Silicon Valley), and ISH (Cologne Germany).
Pamela has also worked for several years as a clinical research associate performing site monitoring of oncology and HIV/AIDS clinical trials. Her particular specialty in clinical research is oncology. She has monitored oncology trials at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. Pamela also monitored an HIV/AIDS clinical trial at a hospital in Antwerp, Belgium in October 2009.
Currently, Pamela publicly speaks and lectures on both domestic and international topics. In June, she began publicly lecturing to a senior group in a 7-week course on Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) under the auspices of the Prince Georges Community College. Pamela will be teaching a three week course at the Chesapeake Community College starting in October. The topic she will be addressing in October is: “THE EMERGENCE OF THE BRIC GROUP”.
Pamela has lived in Kenya, Gabon, Morocco, Colombia, Germany, Japan, and Turkey. She speaks fluent French, proficient Spanish, and basic Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese.