Pam is one of six children, and was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Pam and her husband, Mike were married in 1983. They have a daughter, Katelin, who graduated from DePaul University, in Chicago, June of 2018.
Since 2004, Pam has served as a Trustee on the School Board for the San José Unified School District. She oversaw the education of 31,000 students and a budget of $400,000,000. In December 2017, she completed her third term as Board President.
As a product of public schools, Pam graduated from high school in 1977, then attended the University of San Francisco. In 1987 Pam & her husband purchased their first home in the Cambrian Area of San José on Reedhurst Avenue. After a brief move to the Santa Cruz Mountains, they moved into their current home in District 9 where they have lived for over 28 years.
Mayor Sam Liccardo appointed Pam to the San José Learns Task Force, where they created a framework for awarding grants to elementary schools with innovative strategies to improve reading levels for K-3 grade students.
Pam has served as chairman of WATCH (Women and Their Children’s Housing), a transitional housing program for victims of domestic violence and their children. She continues to volunteer with the Rotary Club of San José, the Willow Glen Education Foundation, YMCA, Project Cornerstone and St. Francis Episcopal Church.