Pamela Northam is an educator, environmentalist, and longtime advocate. She has taken a leading role in Hampton Roads and Virginia to protect water quality, improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and ensure the Commonwealth’s natural beauty is preserved for generations to come.
Mrs. Northam was most recently the Community Outreach Coordinator for Lynnhaven River NOW (LRN), a non-profit environmental group. LRN works to improve the water quality of the Lynnhaven River. Along with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, LRN is housed in the Brock Environmental Center – “Virginia’s greenest building” – located in Virginia Beach. She oversaw advocacy and outreach programs to homeowners, congregations, and businesses to help them to become more sustainable.
Prior to joining LRN, Mrs. Northam taught high school biology. Then, recognizing a need for STEM in elementary education, she became a national award-winning science specialist. She worked to develop an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum for students in grades K through 5. After spending more than 20 years volunteering with school PTAs, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia, and is also on the board of the innovative E3 School in Norfolk.
After studying at Baylor University and the University of Texas, she initially specialized in pediatric occupational therapy, where her work included rehabilitation hospitals, teaching hospitals, and special education.
She, and her husband Governor-elect Ralph, traveled extensively during his Army service. Although Ralph and Mrs. Northam currently travel often to Richmond and throughout the state, they value the rare time they get to spend with family and friends at home in Norfolk. Their son, Wes, is a neurosurgery resident. Their daughter, Aubrey, is a recent graduate of UVA working as a web developer.