Pamela Campos-Palma is an impactful strategist, campaigner, and speaker with an impressive record in governance, international policy, organizational leadership, and social change. Pam served in the US Air Force for over a decade as an operations intelligence analyst, specializing in geopolitical strategic analysis, mission planning, training, and counter-violent extremism and served in Germany, Kyrgyzstan, OIF and OEF. Pam has been recognized internationally for her transformative leadership and advocacy initiatives, served as a gubernatorial appointee in the state of Oregon, and actively addresses issues of global peace & security, equity, and civic engagement, from the grassroots to the treetops.
In 2016 alone, Pam served as an international consultant for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Eastern and South Africa, as strategy team lead in Guatemala for a global social venture, and with a poverty-relief NGO in Honduras. She was named a "Top 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy" by Huffington Post that same year.
Currently, Pam forms part of Beyond The Choir, a strategy and training group that partners with movement leaders and organizations, and serves as Executive Director of Common Defense, a national grassroots political action committee that mobilizes diverse veterans and military families in civic action, movement building, and a more equitable democracy. Pam has been featured on NBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR, among others and holds a Masters of Public Administration from NYU with a focus in International Policy and Management. She is a member of Truman National Security Project's Defense Council, an alumna of Veterans in Global Leadership, and a 2017 Writing Fellow for The War Horse.
PEACE & SECURITY
LEADERSHIP & GENDER
POLITICS & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
SAMPLE OF PROJECTS
As Chair of Council, institutionalized mission, infrastructure, leadership positions, and partnerships from the ground up. Led 7-person leadership team, 3 working committees, and co-led 17-person student/faculty/admin working group. Created new event series "TrailBlazers", promoting first-generation intersectional diversity & inclusion.
OREGON MEASURE 88
100 DAYS OF STORIES
Created innovating story-telling project for state-wide campaign and traveled throughout state of Oregon capturing photos and stories of Oregonians affected by driving card measure. The project was successfully completed on election day and elevated a diversity of voices.
& SUCCESS INITIATIVES
Created and institutionalized impactful personal and professional initiatives for collegiate Latinas. Initiatives include mentorship programming, sports empowerment project, health partnerships, professional development series, annual cultural event focused on supporting Latinx-owned businesses/community partnerships, and the first-ever bilingual collegiate graduation in the Portland-metro area.