Pamela Tufts, Secretary

Pam retired in 2017 from the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship in the Foster School of Business. She is now 1) re-learning Spanish, 2) taking piano lessons, 3) dancing (of course!), 4) volunteering for environmental and social justice organizations.

At the UW, Pam helped create and managed the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, a region-wide cleantech competition in which interdisciplinary student teams define an environmental problem, develop a potential solution, and produce both a prototype and a business summary that demonstrates market opportunity. She continues to mentor and judge at competitions.

Prior to that, Pam worked in the UW Retail Management & External Program and has owned and operated retail stores in the Seattle area. She has worked with boards in the non-profit sector including as Development Director for Gilda’s Club Seattle, and Executive Director of Northwest Soccer Camps.  She has served as a board member for the Environmental Education Association of Washington (E3); Salish Sea Cooperative Finance, and the Girl Scouts of America. In addition, she has worked with volunteers, including PTA’s, Capitol Hill Youth Soccer, etc.

Pam has 3 grown kids, 6 granddaughters, loves to ski, hike, spend time at the family property on Dabob Bay, travel, read and garden. Fun fact: in 1971 she worked in D.C. for the Youth Citizenship Fund (Common Cause) as an ‘under 21’ lobbyist for the 26th Amendment to the Constitution. “If you’re old enough to fight for your country, you’re old enough to vote.”