Pamela Williams understands the importance of safe and comfortable facilities.
As a housing commissioner for the Los Angeles County Development Authority’s advisory committee, she helps shape the county's affordable housing policies and advises on a program that shelters more than 23,000 families.
She's now lending her insight to the Citizens' Oversight Committee, a seven-member group appointed by the Board of Education to review and report on school bond expenditures.
"Access to air conditioning in classrooms is essential," said Williams. "I want to serve my community by helping oversee how the district makes schools more comfortable for teachers and students."
Williams' passion for equitable housing and learning spaces began at a young age. Her father, who frequently encountered L.A.'s homeless population through his work in transportation, instilled in Williams a deep commitment to helping and empowering others. Williams served by his side at the Los Angeles Rescue Mission and volunteered with him at charity events organized through the family's church.
She hopes to spark a similar dedication in her two children, students at Carver Elementary and McBride High School. Each serves alongside her at Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles. They watch as she supports others through the district's Coalition of Involved African American Parents and her work as the chair of diversity, equity and inclusion on Carver's PTA.
"Service has been a part of my family history as far back as I can remember. Volunteering my time in service of others is very rewarding," Williams said.
Williams holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach. She and her husband are block captains for their neighborhood in Lakewood, where they've resided for the last 17 years.