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Pam Baer: Bay Area Philanthropist


In an interview with Business Insider, Pamela Baer described her experience as a pivotal and formative one. She learned many important lessons that helped her grow as an individual and improve her business skills, such as valuing her own sense of self, putting one’s own needs first and making time for self-care. In 2015, Pam decided to reinvent herself by switching gears to pursue philanthropy and healthcare, was born of her personal desire to give back.

Having learned of the deep poverty in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district when she lived there, Pam dedicated herself to improving the community. Pam Baer has worked with and for organizations like the San Francisco Children’s Hospital and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, helping them reach their missions. At Droga5, she developed a team that can bring an idea from inception to completion. One of the most prominent contributions of her time there was the White House cannabis issue, which won the agency multiple awards.

Originally from Texas, Pam and her family moved to San Francisco, where she earned a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She’s since founded and led three startups, an experience she reflects fondly upon in an interview with Forbes. In 2007, she founded GEMS Education, which provides private tutoring for struggling students in the Bay Area, and three years later, in 2011, Pam founded The Wealth Collective, a community-based, investment fund for women of color.

She is also a board member of the Tourette Syndrome Association and head of the Bay Area chapter of the ALS Association. She’s served on the boards of several charities and non-profits, and also co-founded SF Cameras for Children, a program that provides youth with quality educational photography. She has also been a featured speaker at the #20AMProject, a celebration of San Francisco, and the Women of the CMO Conference.Go to this page for additional information.


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