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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 and First Lady Northam pose for a photo after announcing the 2020 Virginia Teacher of Year, Andrea Carson Johnson, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond on Monday, October 7. Read more about the announcement here.

    

WEEK OF OCTOBER 11, 2019

Governor Northam Dedicates First Mountain State Forest in Rockingham County, Commemorates 100-Year Anniversary of Virginia’s State Forests

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “From tree planting to harvesting, Virginia’s state forests demonstrate the best practices in forestry, provide important recreation cultural and heritage resources, and scenery, help keep our air and water clean, and protect space for fish and wildlife,” said Governor Northam. “For a century, Virginians have benefitted from healthy and resilient forests, and I am delighted to announce our newest state forest, First Mountain, which will continue the legacy of sustainable forest management in our Commonwealth.”

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Governor Northam Announces $180,000 in Community Business Launch Awards to Support Targeted Entrepreneurial Training and Development in Four Virginia Communities

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “This initiative recognizes the importance of small business in our communities and combines funding with educational training to help prepare budding entrepreneurs to run successful businesses in their home communities,” said Governor Northam. “By aligning regional and local economic strategies with a community’s unique vision for its future, we can build support for the new and expanding businesses that fill storefronts and create new job opportunities.”

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First Lady Pamela Northam, Administration Officials Celebrate Farm to School Week, Highlight Programs That Connect Students to Local Farmers and Virginia Agriculture

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “It has been an amazing experience to visit schools all over the Commonwealth and spend time with students as they enjoy healthy, fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables while learning about good nutrition and the importance of agriculture and family farming,” said First Lady Northam. “It’s one thing to start a garden, it’s another to maintain it, and to make sure the students get to make full use of it, especially in all the wonderful ways they do here, from reading to science classes.”

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Governor Northam Announces Nearly $9 Million in Funding to Support Law Enforcement and Community-Based Criminal Justice Programs

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  • “Protecting communities across the Commonwealth and ensuring the safety of all Virginians requires a diverse group of partners, innovative and evidence-based strategies, and smart investments in a wide range of programs,” said Governor Northam. “These grants will provide critical resources to agencies, organizations, and law enforcement initiatives, and strengthen our ongoing efforts to prevent violent crime and address the challenges facing our criminal justice system.”

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Governor Northam Applauds Award of More Than $4.2 Million to Help Diversify and Strengthen Coal-Impacted Economies in Appalachian Virginia

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “I am proud of the strong collaborative efforts of our partners across Virginia’s Appalachian region in competing for federal funding through the POWER program,” said Governor Northam. “Appalachian Virginia is a vital part of our Commonwealth that requires a focused, regional approach to support job creation and economic growth and diversification. From broadband expansion to entrepreneurial and workforce development, these grants will help us leverage every available resource as we work to strengthen the economy in areas that were once dependent on the coal industry and enhance the quality of life throughout the Appalachian region.”

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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.

Jenna Conway

Jenna Conway
Chief 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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