With more than twenty-five years in government, politics and advocacy, Pamela Hughes is a proven force in state and national public affairs. Pam excels in national issue advocacy, media relations, government relations, and strategic planning for nonprofit organizations. A prolific writer, Pam has penned numerous articles, white papers, speeches, strategic plans, and major reports.
After launching her career in Boston politics and government, Pam was recruited to Washington and served as communications director for prominent women’s organizations. She helped drive the national conversations on reproductive rights, gender bias in education and sexual harassment in schools, and worked in coalition with top civil rights groups on national issues impacting policy, legislation and the Supreme Court.
Pam advanced to Capitol Hill as press secretary for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, serving as his chief spokesperson and supporting his reelection campaign. Pam later championed a prominent national literacy campaign for the U.S. Department of Education, The America Reads Challenge, overseeing the development of its website and publications. As an advisor to PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Pam promoted the launch of the Emmy Award-winning children’s literacy series Between the Lions, and helped secure federal funding for public broadcasters nationwide for on-air, online and community-based programs.
Pam is proud to have played a lead role in the first national summit on military family mental health, “When Parents Deploy: Understanding the Experiences of Military Children and Spouses”.
Pam attended Bowdoin College in Maine and the University of Edinburgh, and is a surviving member of the now-endangered species, English Majors.
- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Press Secretary
- U.S. Department of Education, Communications Director for America Reads
- PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Advisor
- Pam has heard the call to prayer at dawn from atop the Great Pyramid of Giza.
- She once forced Mattel to change a Talking Barbie doll that squealed “Math class is tough!”
- She has wild parrots in her backyard.