Pamela Baer learned about philanthropy from an early age while growing up in the Bay Area, exposed to leaders such as Walter and Leonore Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation. Pam’s philanthropic work now focuses on healthcare in low-income communities. She also supports several organizations such as Muni’s Annual Sock Hop, Kidpower, and Boys & Girls Club of Alameda County.
Pam Baer’s philanthropic activities are often intertwined with her own family. Pam Baer lives in the Mission District with her husband Larry and her son, Danny. Pam’s first foray into philanthropy began in high school when she became interested in her community’s public schools. Her service leadership experience earned her the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
In 2008, Pam received a second master’s degree from the university in history, then joined Goldman Sachs’ philanthropy unit as a program officer in Goldman’s Global Community Investments department. After three years, she left to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian, where she continued to volunteer at the American Red Cross. She went for a successful career in the tech industry, specifically at Silicon Graphics and Cisco Systems, where she became Senior Vice President and CFO.
In 2007, Pam Baer began her first venture into philanthropy, which led to a change in her career. In 2008, Baer accepted the role of CEO of San Francisco’s Ali For Good and was instrumental in expanding the nonprofit’s reach and staff. In 2012, Pamela Baer partnered with the American Cancer Society to create a new national advocacy organization, Fight Back Santa Cruz.
Pam’s contributions to philanthropic causes began in 1992 when she launched the Baer Family Foundation to support medical research. The Baer Family Foundation still exists and has given away more than $70 million in the past decade.
She has not taken a formal break since, with projects like Estée Lauder and Pacific Northwestern Airlines alongside her creative and philanthropic endeavors. Baer also served on the board for the Foundry Youth & Family Centers in San Francisco. See this article for additional information.