Meet Our Inaugural Senior Fellow Pam David

Thursday, December 14, 2017

NCG is excited to announce the launch of our Senior Fellow Program and the appointment of Pamela H. David as the inaugural Senior Fellow.  Designed for executive leaders in transition, the Senior Fellow Program provides a platform for philanthropic leaders to reflect, share insights with our members and the sector more broadly, and provide guidance, mentorship, and support to NCG staff and our member community.  The Senior Fellow will deepen and expand NCG’s capacity to develop innovative ideas, foster cross-sector relationships, and cultivate emerging philanthropic practitioners.

Pam David is a seasoned cross-sector leader with expertise in the fields of community development, the nonprofit sector, local government, and philanthropy.  Throughout her career, Pam has played an instrumental role in building resources for community-based development in lower income neighborhoods, and addressing capacity and sustainability issues in the nonprofit sector. From her experiences organizing a national march for LGBT rights, serving as an advisor on Reverend Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign, working for three San Francisco mayors and, most recently, leading a well-respected family foundation, Pam has a nuanced understanding of the complex interplay between community, the nonprofit sector, government, and philanthropy.  

In her new role as NCG’s first Senior Fellow, she will draw upon her experience, expertise and broad network to continue to work for social change and equity, deepening relationships with family philanthropy and strengthening the organization’s public-private partnerships.  Most recently, Pam was the Executive Director of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, stepping down after 15 years at its helm.

“Pam’s experience and commitment to serving the community make her the right person to be chosen as inaugural recipient of NCG’s Senior Fellow Program,” commented Susan Mayer Hirsch, CEO of Hirsch & Associates Philanthropic Advisors.  “Pam understands that the way to create lasting change is by bringing together the public and philanthropic sectors.  She will be a tremendous asset to creating greater partnerships and engagement for NCG and the philanthropic community.”

“We are thrilled to launch this new leadership initiative at NCG,” said NCG President and CEO Ellen LaPointe. “We have been thinking deeply about how to create opportunities to cultivate and sustain leadership in our community, and we are excited to take this approach.  And we couldn’t be luckier with the timing vis-à-vis Pam’s availability to serve as our inaugural fellow.  She is a nationally-respected leader in our field and a rock star bridge-builder.  Her depth and breadth of experience will be an incredible resource to the NCG community.”

“We look forward to working with Pam as her new role,” said Jose Corona, Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships for the Office of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.  “Time and time again she has demonstrated her commitment to working across sectors to advance social justice.”   

Pam is also a Social Impact Fellow at the Haas School of Business’s Center for Social Sector Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is a board member of the state-wide Campaign for College Opportunity and National LGBT Task Force Action Fund, and serves on the Executive Council of HOPE SF.  She is also a former board chair of NCG.  Before taking up her duties at NCG in April 2018, she will be gathering inspiration on the streets of Paris, enjoying café crèmes at her neighborhood coffee house.


About Pamela H. David

Pam David is a seasoned cross-sector leader with expertise in the fields of community development, the nonprofit sector, local government, and philanthropy.  After 15 years at the helm of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund in San Francisco, she is stepping down but not retiring. She will be using her experience, expertise, and broad network to continue to work for social change and equity in a variety of forms. Ms. David continues to be a Social Impact Fellow at the Haas School of Business’s Center for Social Sector Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley.

Pam is the former Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Community Development, and former chief of staff of the city’s Human Services Agency. She is passionate about social justice, and is committed to improving the effectiveness of public-private partnerships. Throughout her career, Ms. David has played an instrumental role in building resources for community-based development in lower income neighborhoods, and addressing capacity and sustainability issues in the nonprofit sector. From her experiences organizing a national march for LGBT rights, serving as an advisor on Reverend Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign, working for three San Francisco mayors and, now, leading a well-respected family foundation, Ms. David has a nuanced understanding of the complex interplay between community, the nonprofit sector, government, and philanthropy. 

Ms. David is a board member of the state-wide Campaign for College Opportunity and serves on the Executive Council of HOPE SF. In addition she is on the board of the National LGBT Task Force Action Fund. She serves on the advisory boards of the Alliance for Girls, the Horizon Foundation, Northern California Enterprise Community, Openhouse, and a for-profit start-up, GoodMojo.com. She is the former board chair of Northern California Grantmakers, is a graduate of Leadership San Francisco, and has been the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions for her body of work in community, government, and philanthropy.  

Ms. David is a graduate of Pitzer College and Stanford University’s School of Education.

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