Pamela Hamamoto is an accomplished diplomat who served under President Barack Obama as Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva from 2014 to 2017, where she led the US’s largest overseas multilateral diplomatic post. Ambassador Hamamoto engaged regularly with international leaders on a wide range of global issues including humanitarian affairs, sustainable development, global health, human rights, peace and security, women’s empowerment, internet governance, and climate change. In 2015, she co-founded International Gender Champions, a global network of leaders committed to promoting gender equality through specific actions and policy changes.
Her early career included working as a civil engineer and computer programmer focused on optimizing hydroelectric power generation along Northern California river systems and as a strategic planner in the telecommunications sector. Following graduate school, she spent ten years as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, developing financial expertise across multiple sectors including media and telecommunications, retail/consumer products, financial services, environmental services and energy. She has served as a valued trustee to several educational institutions, as co-chair of President Obama’s National Finance Committee in Northern California, and as a member of the Stanford Athletic Board.
She currently serves on the Board of the Ploughshares Fund and as a Stanford DCI Fellow for 2018-19. She received a BS and an MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.