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Pamela Northam

Pamela Northam became the First Lady of Virginia when her husband, Governor Ralph Northam, was sworn in as governor on January 13, 2018.

An educator, environmentalist and longtime advocate, Mrs. Northam has taken a leading role in Hampton Roads and Virginia to protect water quality and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Most recently, the first lady has served as community outreach coordinator for Lynnhaven River NOW (LRN), a nonprofit environmental group. In this role, she oversaw advocacy and outreach programs for homeowners, congregations and businesses to help them to become more sustainable.

Prior to joining LRN, Mrs. Northam taught high school biology. Recognizing a need for STEM in elementary education, she became a national award-winning science specialist and worked to develop an inquiry-based, hands-on curriculum for students in grades K through 5. The first lady was appointed to the board of trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia, and she also is a board member of the innovative E3 School in Norfolk.

After studying at Baylor University and the University of Texas, the first lady specialized in pediatric occupational therapy, where her work included rehabilitation hospitals, teaching hospitals, and special education.

The Northam’s have two adult children: Wes, a neurosurgery resident; and Aubrey, a web developer.

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Week in Review

Leading Virginia Forward - Week in Review



Governor Northam congratulates a graduate of the Chesapeake Behavioral Health Docket at a ceremony held at the Chesapeake General District Court on Thursday, May 16. Last week, the Governor attended Virginia’s first pre-adjudication behavioral health docket in Newport News.    



WEEK OF MAY 17, 2019

Governor Northam Ceremonially Signs Legislation Making All Virginia Public Schools and School Property Tobacco-Free


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  • “E-cigarettes and vaping are changing the tobacco landscape and we must continue to find ways to address the startling increase in youth exposure to these products,” said Governor Northam. “This legislation represents a crucial step forward in promoting the health and well-being of our students and our communities.”


Governor Northam Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Continues at 2.9 Percent, Celebrates the Commonwealth’s Rise to First-in-the-Nation in Site Selection’s Annual Prosperity Cup Ranking


  • Details of unemployment rate announcement
  • Details of Site Selection’s 2019 Prosperity Cup announcement
  • “The continued growth of Virginia’s labor force underscores the substantial progress we have made in diversifying our economy and training more and more Virginians with in-demand skills,” said Governor Northam. “My administration will remain focused on attracting 21st century jobs and new capital investment to all corners of the Commonwealth, and creating opportunities so every Virginia family can thrive, no matter who they are or where they live.”


Governor Northam Visits Grayson County to Ceremonially Sign Legislation That Expands Broadband to Unserved Communities, Appalachian Power Announces Pilot Project in Galax


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  • “I don’t want any Virginian to be disconnected from opportunity because they lack broadband access,” said Governor Northam. “I am proud to sign this bill that will expand high-speed, reliable internet and help achieve our goal of universal broadband in Virginia.”


Governor Northam Announces Credit Startup Petal to Establish New Service and Operations Center in Chesterfield County, Creating Over 80 New Jobs


  • Details of this announcement
  • “Petal is an innovative startup with a truly unique business model, and we are delighted that this growing company has chosen Chesterfield County as the site of its new state-of-the-art operations center,” said Governor Northam. “With its proximity to nearly 30 higher education institutions, this region will train and supply the next generation of skilled professionals, ensuring the company has access to a wealth of top talent for years to come.”


Governor Northam Ceremonially Signs Wesley Charles Lipicky Bill in Franconia, Thanks Lipicky Family for Advocacy Work to Help Prevent Similar Tragedies


  • Details about this legislation
  • “I am inspired by the strength of Josh, Amy, and the rest of the Lipicky family. Despite their pain and grief, they advocated for a change so that no other families would have to experience the tragedy they went through,” said Governor Northam. “It is my hope that this new law will bring them some light and honor their son’s memory.”


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David Cary

David Cary
Chief of Staff to First Lady Pamela Northam


David most recently served on the Northam for Governor campaign. David previously managed civil rights, healthcare, and environmental issue campaigns in Hawaii, Texas, and New Hampshire. He is a Chesterfield County native and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Danielle Campbell

Danielle Campbell
Confidential Assistant to First Lady Pamela Northam


Danielle previously served in the McAuliffe administration as a Governor’s Fellow for the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and Programs Assistant to the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Danielle, a Loudoun County native, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Norfolk State University.

Jenna Conway

Jenna Conway
Chief Readiness Officer


Prior to her appointment, Jenna served as the Assistant Superintendent of Early Childhood at the Louisiana Department of Education, where she led a first-of-its-kind effort to unify and improve the state's child care, Head Start, and pre-kindergarten systems since 2012. Jenna has also previously held roles as Director of Strategic Planning and Enterprise Program Management at the New York City Housing Authority and Director of Project Management at Ashoka’s Changemakers in Washington, DC. Jenna is a native of Charlottesville and holds a degree in American Studies from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.

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