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Pamela Northam

Since January 2018, Pamela Northam has used her experience as a former pediatric occupational therapist and science educator to lead the Northam administration’s work to increase access to quality early childhood care and education. Since the beginning of the administration, over $65 million in new state, federal, and local funds have been invested in Virginia’s early education system, including a $9.9 million innovative federal preschool development grant overseen by the First Lady’s office. Mrs. Northam’s primary goal is to improve school readiness statewide so that Virginia children are ready for success in school and beyond.

Previously, the First Lady served as community outreach coordinator for the environmental nonprofit Lynnhaven River NOW (LRN), where 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.

Mrs. Northam is the chair of both the Virginia Children’s Cabinet and the Virginia STEM Education Commission, and 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 Northams have two adult children: Wes, a neurosurgery resident; and Aubrey, a web developer.

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Leading Virginia Forward - Week in Review

 

 

Governor and First Lady Northam assist a member of the military with shopping for gifts during the annual Holiday Helper Open House at Fort Lee on Friday, December 6. Learn more about the Holiday Helper Association here.

    

WEEK OF DECEMBER 6, 2019

Governor Northam Commits to Repealing Racially Discriminatory Language in Virginia’s Acts of Assembly Identified by Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “If we are going to move forward as a Commonwealth, we must take an honest look at our past,” said Governor Northam. “We know that racial discrimination is rooted in many of the laws that have governed our Commonwealth—today represents an important step towards building a more equal, just, and inclusive Virginia.”

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Governor Northam Announces Carvana Plans to Invest $25 Million to Establish Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning Center in Chesterfield County, Creating 400 New Jobs

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Carvana is a fast-growing national company, and we are proud that it has chosen to locate and create new jobs in Chesterfield County,” said Governor Northam. “This is an exciting win for the region and for the Commonwealth.”

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Governor and First Lady Northam Welcome Virginia Grown Christmas Trees and Wreaths to Executive Mansion, Kick Off Holiday Season with Virginia State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

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  • Details of this announcement
  • We are proud to have gorgeous Virginia grown trees and wreaths on display this holiday season,” said Governor Northam. “With more than 500 Christmas tree farms across the Commonwealth, Christmas tree farming is an important part of Virginia agriculture, the state’s largest private industry.”

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Governor Northam Helps Launch Foster-Friendly Business Program Aimed at Supporting Foster Families, Solving Challenges in Virginia’s Foster Care System

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  • “We are working to increase support for foster families across Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “The business community has a powerful role in addressing social problems, and I hope Virginia businesses will consider the part they can play in being the solution to the challenges facing our foster care system here in the Commonwealth.”

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Staff

David Cary

David Cary
Chief of Staff to First Lady Pamela Northam

david.cary@governor.virginia.gov

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.

Natalie Chapman

Natalie Chapman
Executive Assistant

natalie.chapman@governor.virginia.gov

Natalie previously served as Special Assistant to the Chief Workforce Development Advisor and was a 2018 Governor’s Fellow in the Office of the First Lady of Virginia. Natalie is a native of Wise County and graduated from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

Jenna Conway

Jenna Conway
Chief School Readiness Officer

jenna.conway@governor.virginia.gov

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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