As a mother and philanthropist, Pam Omidyar is deeply committed to the flourishing of all children. Her work has supported increasing access to inclusive, equitable programs that serve the child’s social-emotional, cognitive and physical needs. From early-childhood programs for refugee children affected by trauma, violence, and displacement, to social-emotional curriculum for K-8 schoolchildren and adolescent well-being, Pam seeks to cultivate conditions where children and young adults can be healthy and resilient.
Guided by their common belief that people are good and capable, and that societal well-being is accomplished through empowered individuals, adaptive, aligned communities and accountable institutions, Pam co-founded The Omidyar Group with Pierre Omidyar. The Omidyar Group creates, funds and fosters a diverse collection of independent organizations and initiatives that place bets on new ideas and creative strategies in five main areas: Accountability & Governance, Capital Investments & Technology, Courageous Leadership, Engaged & Resilient Societies, and Media. While each independent organization has the freedom to pursue what they believe has potential, they are united in a collaborative vision to improve the lives of people and societies.
Pam has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tufts University, a master’s in plant molecular genetics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is a perpetual learner. She serves on several advisory and trustee boards, loves quilting and being in and on the ocean.