Pamela J. Oakes
PAMELA OAKES, Owner of The Profitable Nonprofit, is a Nonprofit Fund Development consultant helping small and emerging nonprofits achieve sustainability. Pamela’s passion is to ensure that those who want to change the world for “good” have the funding and resources to do so.
Pamela embarked on her nonprofit career over 20 years ago while working in Johannesburg, South Africa as a corporate trainer. In this role, she traveled extensively throughout the African countries of South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Nigeria and Zimbabwe conducting workshops and training seminars for government, corporate, community, and faith-based organizations in the areas of Diversity, Affirmative Action, Employment & Gender Equity, Change Management, Organizational Transformation, HIV/AIDS Awareness, and Personal Empowerment
Upon returning from South Africa, Pamela worked for nearly a decade as a grant maker with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Pamela’s team worked to reform U.S. education with the goal of creating a more equitable system that promotes social mobility and economic development for student populations of color.
Pamela attended the University of Washington where she majored in Political Science. A native of Seattle, she enjoys travelling the globe, experiencing new cultures and collecting African-American art.