Pam Grater

Pam Grater is helping advance the mission of Education Northwest by leading efforts to attract, develop and retain top talent as well as fostering a culture of engagement and innovation. As human resources director, she prioritizes staff development, culture, communication and aligning the goals that staff members bring to their roles. Pam is passionate about education and believes everyone should contribute to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed. Before coming to Education Northwest, Pam spent nearly two decades with CompView, a technology company on the West Coast, where she built a culture of respect, fostered excitement for the work and celebrated the success of teams and individuals. Pam has a bachelor’s degree in history from Willamette University and a master’s degree in organizational communication from Purdue University. She lives in Portland with her family and Luna the cat.

“I am passionate about preparing our young people and communities for success in learning and in life. I believe in creating systems and supports that empower everyone—our employees, our organization, our clients and our kids—to all rise together and do our best work.”

Human Resources Director
503.275.9513

Blog Posts

Violence in the News Underscores the Importance of Listening to Students

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December 22nd, 2016

A few weeks ago, just after the tragedies in Baton Rouge and Dallas, I met informally with some colleagues. Each of us felt a confusing array of pain and numbness. I remember feeling especially unmoored by seemingly endless and totally senseless violence. I told my colleagues about a vulnerable moment I’d experienced recently—something that had really stuck with me in the wake of all the trauma.

A Powerful Invitation

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September 28th, 2015

"In my classrooms, I have tried multiple approaches, and through much experimentation, I’m convinced that what really matters is giving my students get as many opportunities as possible to practice subject-specific academic language through focused conversations with their peers."