Pamela Shifman is a passionate and experienced advocate for girls’ and women’s rights, social justice, and transformative philanthropy. As an executive director, lawyer, educator, strategic advisor, and social justice funder, Pamela has spent 25 years building organizations, teams and strategies that advance justice and liberation for everyone, with girls and women at the center.
First as Director of NoVo’s Initiatives for Girls and Women and then as Executive Director, Pamela oversaw the Foundation’s historic 90 million dollar commitment to girls of color, the creation of NoVo Foundation’s Radical Hope Fund following the 2016 election in the US and more.
Pamela came to NoVo Foundation from UNICEF headquarters where she led the organization’s efforts to end gender-based violence, especially in conflict-affected settings. Prior to joining the UN, Pamela worked as Co-Executive Director of the international women’s rights organization Equality Now, and as Legal Advisor to the ANC Parliamentary Women’s Caucus in South Africa.
Pamela is currently a senior fellow at Panorama Global where she is incubating projects focused on transformative leadership, progressive philanthropy and movement building.
Pamela holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.