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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 speaks at the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Patriot Day ceremony at the Shrine of Memory at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond on Wednesday, September 11. Earlier in the day, Governor Northam met with members of Team Red, White, and Blue as they retired a flag carried from Williamsburg to Richmond to pay tribute to the lives lost on September 11, 2001 and those since who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.

    

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

Governor Northam Announces Dr. Janice Underwood to Join Administration as Virginia’s First-Ever Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “I am committed to making Virginia more equitable and inclusive, and that starts with my administration and our state government,” said Governor Northam. “Dr. Underwood’s background as an educator, leader and collaborator, as well as her experience promoting inclusive policies and directing a variety of diversity initiatives, make her the perfect person to fill this role. I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Underwood to our administration, and I look forward to having her as a partner in this important work.”

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Governor Northam Announces More Than $780,000 in GO Virginia Grants to Support Regional Economic Development Initiatives

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “GO Virginia is fostering regional collaboration among business, education, and government leaders and supporting the implementation of innovative approaches to meet their workforce and economic development needs and address structural barriers that may impede regional growth,” said Governor Northam. “These grant awards will also leverage an additional $904,000 in non-state resources to assist with economic diversification throughout Virginia and build new capacity in our communities, helping to position them for long-term success.”

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First Lady Pamela Northam Visits Classrooms Across Virginia, Welcoming Students and Teachers Back to School and Highlighting the Importance of School Readiness

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “This is an exciting time of year for parents, teachers, and students, but school readiness actually starts in those critical five years before kindergarten, when about 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs,” said First Lady Northam. “All Virginia children are capable of, and deserve to be, entering kindergarten with the tools they need to succeed.”

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Governor Northam Awards $7.7 Million in State Grants to Support Extended-Year and Year-Round Instructional Programs for 57 Schools in 11 School Divisions

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Extended school year programs offer more engagement, more quality instruction, and more opportunities to succeed for students who require additional or individualized attention to meet the Commonwealth’s expectations for student performance,” said Governor Northam. “I congratulate all of these schools and divisions for their willingness to adopt alternative calendars as we work together to narrow and close achievement gaps and create equitable educational outcomes for all Virginia students.”

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Governor Northam Kicks Off Networking Event for Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project, Connecting DBE and SWaM Business with Contract Opportunities

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  • Details of this announcement
  • “Ensuring that Virginia’s minority business community has the opportunity to grow and succeed in our Commonwealth is key to creating a healthy economy and is an important part of our efforts to make Virginia more equitable and inclusive,” said Governor Northam. “The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion will have a tremendous economic impact in the region, and we want to ensure that our small businesses get a share of that.”

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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.

Danielle Campbell

Danielle Campbell
Confidential Assistant to First Lady Pamela Northam

danielle.campbell@governor.virginia.gov

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

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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First Lady's Back to School Tour 2018

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