Pamela Erickson started as the Executive Director (ED) of the Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley School of Law in December of 2019. Before becoming ED at the Center, Erickson worked as a Constituent Liaison and Legislative Aide for Oakland City Councilmember Abel Guillén. Prior to that she worked at the U.S. State Department in the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor working on democracy and human rights programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and global women’s rights programs. She also served in the U.S Peace Corps in Morocco, writing grants and fundraising to support the development of a women’s cooperative in rural Morocco and for Arabic literacy classes for women. She was a Presidential Management Fellow (2005-2007) and is the recipient of a Jefferson Award for Public Service (2016). She holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service, U.S. Foreign Policy & International Security from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/International Relations from the University of California, Los Angeles. Pamela enjoys volunteering in the Oakland community and mentoring young people through the Oakland Promise and Girl Scouts. She is the mother of two children and the proud owner of a sweet Tibetan Terrier, Pepé.