Candidate for: School Board
Pam Harbin is the mother of two children in Pittsburgh Public Schools and has been active in the district for 12 years as an advocate and community organizer, working to strengthen and protect public education. Pam has a background in finance and experience with large government contract negotiations in the aerospace industry.
Pam is Co-Founder of the Education Rights Network, a parent-led organization working for fully resourced, inclusive and quality education for students in Pennsylvania. Pam is a member and past Co-Chair of the Pittsburgh Local Task Force on the Right to Education, board member of Evolve Coaching (formerly Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh), member of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) Education Committee, and former board member at Rodef Shalom Congregation.
Pam Harbin’s long commitment to improving Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) began in 2007 with the advocacy for her son with a disability. Since then, as an advocate, Pam has compassionately and effectively supported hundreds of families, teaching and guiding them through the education system. As a community organizer, Pam collaborated with students, parents, teachers, and community members to lead several winning campaigns that resulted in
progressive policy change, increased student success, and improved teaching and learning environments in PPS.
Pam is the proven leader we can count on to ask the tough questions when it comes to equity, budget and administration oversight, accountability, and transparency. Since 2007, Pam has attended and viewed more than 2,000 hours of school board meetings, building and enhancing her extensive knowledge of PPS policy and budgets. Her years of experience and ability to work within communities to solve complex problems, along with her deep understanding of the complexities of PPS, mean that Pam is the most prepared and qualified candidate for school board. Pam Harbin has earned every community endorsement, demonstrating that she is the trusted, collaborative leader who will create the schools our children and city deserve.