EXTRAordinary Women 2023
Pamela Aimee Leins
Pamela Leins, also known as Pam, is a Boston-born, first-generation Chilena-Americana Latina who received her education from Boston Public Schools (BPS) and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF). As a Double Husky, Pam recently joined Northeastern University, majoring in Leadership and Non-Profit Management. She takes pride in her educational journey, which she likes to refer to as the "scenic route," having taken 18 years to obtain her Bachelor's Degree and another 3 years for her Master's Degree. Pam believes that her journey has shaped her into the person she is today and considers her educational accomplishments as one of her greatest achievements. She shares her mother's sentiment that education is a valuable asset that nobody can take away from her.
Pam brings an extensive leadership and administrative experience of over 20 years in both the public and non-profit sectors. She has a proven track record in program and partnership development, strategic planning, organizing, advocacy, and resource development.
Pam is known to wear many hats. Most recently, she joined the Boston Education Fund (BEDF) as the Executive Director, where she is dedicated to making a positive impact in advancing educational equity in Boston Public Schools. Prior to BEDF, Pam served as the Director of Planning and Development for BCYF, where she managed the Foundation for BCYF and, during her last year, concurrently served as Interim Deputy Commissioner.
Aside from her academic and professional pursuits, Pam is also a mother to two young boys who attend Boston Public Schools. Additionally, she is a small business owner of a local barbershop, In the Cut Boston, located in Mission Hill. She is also a co-leader of the TAG Association, Inc, a non-profit organization serving the Latino community of Greater Boston. In this capacity, she co-leads New England's largest Latino holiday gala, El Jolgorio Navideño, a 33-year-old institution that celebrates the strength, talent, and contributions of the Latino community in Boston while raising funds for Latino youth programming.
Throughout her career, Pam’s leadership has been instrumental in cultivating a culture of collaboration, appreciation, dialogue, innovation, transparency, and accountability, resulting in service and programming expansions and improvements, increased fundraising efforts, better data collection and reporting, and creating more efficient and effective equitable operational processes across the city. She is wholeheartedly invested in elevating Boston's youth to their full potential and plans to continue to do so for many years to come