Pam Pradachith-Demler joined the San Francisco Beacon Initiative in 2013 as the Executive Director, overseeing quality improvement, strategic communications, fund development. Her work with Beacons is grounded in her lifelong commitment to social justice and equity. As an immigrant youth, Pam attended afterschool and summer programs at the East Bay Asian Youth Center, where she later worked as a Youth Organizer and Tutor. Since then she has dedicated her career to ensuring all children, youth and families have access to high quality programs and services.
Before joining the Initiative, Pam spent over 17 years in the nonprofit sector working and leading efforts in Youth Development, Workforce and Education. In 2009, Pam returned to the Bay Area from New York City, where she had been leading the Quality and Evaluation Department for a comprehensive community services organization, serving over 10,000 of the city’s children and families in New York’s neediest neighborhoods. Most recently Pam served as the Finance and Operations Director for Collective Impact in San Francisco.
Pam received a Masters of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and Policy from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a B.A. in Urban Studies and Sociology from Columbia University. Pam was selected as a Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar in the inaugural year of the program and was awarded a Clark Foundation Fellowship for Public Service.