Pamela J Greene

Pam Greene
Pam Greene

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity during Governor Madeleine Kunin's administration; Executive Director of the Women's Small Business Program at Trinity College; Program Director of Vermont Women's Mentoring at Mercy Connections.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

07/13/1951

Primary Residence

Burlington

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Pamela Greene was the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity during Governor Madeleine Kunin's administration. She was the Executive Director of the Women's Small Business Program at Trinity College and currently serves as Program Director of Vermont Women's Mentoring at Mercy Connections.

Greene was born on July 13, 1951 and grew up in Richford, Vermont. She attended Miami Dade Junior College where she received a Nursing Degree in 1971. After spending a year in Europe, Greene returned to Vermont and served as director of the Burlington Community Health Center. While working as a nurse, she became active in Madeleine Kunin's campaigns for lieutenant governor. In 1985 she was appointed as the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, where she was responsible for anti-poverty programs. She left this position in 1991 and worked as community development director and later as assistant director at Burlington's Lund Family Center.

In 1997, Greene became the Director of the Women's Small Business Program (WSBP) at Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont. The WSBP uses entrepreneurial training programs to enhance women's self-sufficiency. The signature offering of the program is Start Up, "a $1,250, 110-hour, 15-week comprehensive business training course that ends in a "bank-ready" business plan." When Trinity College closed their doors in 2001, Greene wanted the WSBP to attach itself to a new host school or agency. A match was found with Mercy Connections, Inc., "a non-profit educational corporation with a focus on social and economic justice for women." She continues to work for Mercy Connections, Inc. and serves as the Program Director of Vermont Women's Mentoring.

Organizations or Movements

  • Mercy Connections
  • Board of Directors Vermont Employee Ownership Center
  • National Association for State Community Services Program Directors
  • New England Community Action Agency Directors Association
  • Vermont Women's Political Caucus
  • Vermont National Organization for Women
  • Vermont National Abortion Rights Action League
  • Franklin County Democrats
  • Franklin County and Vermont Maple Producers Association
  • Vermont Community Development Board

Occupations

  • Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Executive Director of the Women's Small Business Program at Trinity College
  • Director of Burlington Community Health Center
  • Nurse
  • Community Development Director and Assistant Director at Burlington's Lund Family Center
  • Program Director of Vermont Women's Mentoring at Mercy Connections

Education

  • Associates Degree in Nursing, Miami Dade Junior College, (1971)
  • Humanities Degree, Trinity College, Burlington, Vermont, (2001).

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Helmich, Portland. "A Woman's Education." Published in Business People- Vermont, 2001. Link

  • Mercy Connections Link

  • Cheng, Barbara. Trailblazers: Vermont Women and Leadership Development. Burlington, VT: Queen City Printers, 1988.

  • Vermont Legislative Directory and State Manual. 1987-1988.

Additional Images

Pam Greene (left)
Pam Greene (left)