Pamela O'Leary

Pamela is the Executive Director of PLEN. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of Running Start, an organization dedicated to inspiring young women to run for public office and is a Facilitator for their Elect Her-Campus Women Win program.  Pamela was elected to the Executive Committee of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO).

Pamela  grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Science.  Pamela earned an M.A. in Applied Women’s Studies from Claremont Graduate University, serving as a teaching assistant at Scripps College and completing a graduate internship at the Office of the Focal Point for Women at the United Nations.

She first came to Washington, DC as a Women’s Research and Education Institute (WREI)  Congressional Fellow, working in the Office of Representative Carolyn Maloney.  As a Fellow, Pamela was the lead staffer to write and successfully pass House Resolution 1227 (110th) condemning the sexual violence crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Prior to becoming PLEN’s Executive Director, Pamela worked as Development Manager for the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, Call Time Manager for Representative Maloney’s campaign, and a Resident Consultant for Alpha Omicron Pi.  Pamela also co-founded Hope for Justine, an international solidarity group to support threatened women’s human rights activists from the DRC.

Pamela received a publishing agreement from Edwin Mellen to write a book on young women’s political leadership. She is a contributing author for Sage Publications 2011 edition of The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World and for UChic: The College Girl’s Guide to Everything . She has lectured on career development at Claremont McKenna College, Texas Woman’s University, Saint Augustine’s College, and North Carolina Central University.  She has led leadership trainings for  Running Start, the American Association of University Women,  the Women’s Information Network, and the National Council of Women’s Organizations .  She has spoken at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference, and the National Young Leadership Conference.