Pamela Iron, Cherokee, Laguna Pueblo, has forty (40) years of experience working in Indian country developing programs and assisting communities in discovering their needs and facilitating problem solving through guided community planning. She has served as Executive Director for two non-profits, one urban and one rural and was the Health Director and the Chief of Staff for the former Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller. During her tenure with these organizations she was able to develop cultural competency programs and co-author a book on cultural competency.
Pamela has served on local, regional and national boards and committees. She was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States to sit on the National Advisory Committee on Violence against Women, 2006. Other committees and boards include the National Indian Women’s Health Steering Committee for the Indian Health Service Director, and a founding board member of the National Indian Youth Leadership Project and the American Indian Theatre Company of Tulsa. She served as the Vice-President of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority when it was founded to assume Medicaid.