A designer by training, Pam has spent decades practicing aspects of Human Centered Design (HCD) in the commercial and social sectors.
She’s passionate about designing and conducting research in communities, as well as architecting and leading collaborations that unlock the creative potential of groups and individuals – all with the purpose of developing radically fresh solutions to big, entrenched problems. She has been a thought partner to Nike, Levi’s, Unilever, and MINI Cooper, as well as IDEO.org (for which she serves as a founding board member), PSI, Room to Read, and the Smithsonian Institution. She’s worked with marginalized communities and front-line NGOs in Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mexico, and the United States. Pam frequently lectures about the intersection of design and social innovation, including engagements at the Aspen Institute, Clinton Global Initiative, Women Deliver, Harvard University’s Kennedy School and, for the past decade, Stanford d School.