An entrepreneur from the start of her career, Pamela was a founding partner of the global, iconic brands Kate Spade and Jack Spade. Pamela, Kate, Elyce Arons and Andy Spade started the business from her jeep and their loft in Tribeca. Her role there included leading and following, depending on the year, and spanned the scope of production management, retail store development, e-commerce, merchandising, multiple product global licensing, and retail design & roll-out, product development and merchandising. The partners honored their midwestern values in developing Kate Spade beginning in 1993; creating thousands of jobs and were known in the industry as the company whose growth was least leveraged: Kate Spade did not run on credit and did not borrow to grow. The partners financed the business for 15 years on savings and earnings alone. She and her three partners sold the company to Neiman Marcus in 2006.
Pamela currently sits on the board of Project Renewal, a 50 million dollar homeless agency in New York City. There, Pamela co-founded the Bowery Arts Project. The Project’s volunteers teach art classes to homeless addicts at the non-medical detox unit at Project Renewal’s East 3rd street location. This is the 9th year the project runs regularly two mornings a week.
Pamela also sits on the Board of The American Theatre Wing, and is a Tony Voter.She is also a Disruptor Fellow at The Disruptor Awards, a member of the CFDA, served a 5 year term as a board member of Parsons and is a newly appointed Lang Center Innovation Fellow at The Columbia University School of Business.
Prior to the prior, and above all, Pamela is a mother of three, stepmother of two, and wife of one.