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. 

Pam Scott is a fountain of creativity. But what makes her truly unique is her innate ability to channel her ideas in ways that get others thinking, acting, doing with amazing creative power. She rolls up her sleeves and shows the world how to apply innovative solutions to real, tough problems. I watched her do it in Tanzania with marginalized girls. In her work there I watched her transform my own 45-year old organization’s thinking about how to approach our work. My organization saves lives. Pam is helping us do that a lot better.
— KARL HOFMANN / CEO of Population Services International (PSI)