Stranahan-PamHowellBeach

Steering Committee Member

Executive Director

Stranahan Foundation

Pam began her career in philanthropy in 1987 as the first full-time Program Officer for the Toledo Community Foundation and later served as President of that organization from 1990 to 2003.

In 2004, Pam moved into her current position as the first professional CEO for the Stranahan Foundation. In that role, she has worked in concert with the Board to successfully engage family members from across the country in the work of the Foundation, transition leadership to the fourth generation and create two national grant making programs:

  • The Community Stewardship grant program engages family members from across the country in a broad range of grant making opportunities in the areas of human services, education, the environment, arts/culture and physical/mental health;
  • The vision of the Early Childhood Education grant program is that all children birth to five, particularly low-income children, will experience high-quality learning in early childhood that puts them on a trajectory for success in school and life. To that end, this grant program is tightly focused on workforce issues and strategies that support and advance high-quality teaching and learning in early childhood settings.

Pam obtained a BA degree from the University of Toledo and a M.S.S.A. degree from Case Western Reserve University (concentration in nonprofit planning and management). Professional affiliations have included leadership roles with Philanthropy Ohio (formerly the Ohio Grantmakers Forum), where she served in various capacities over the years, including chair of the Program, Membership, Long-Range Planning and Merger Committees, as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She has also served as 2018/2019 Chair of the Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative Spring Meeting Planning Committee.

In addition, Pam has volunteered time to nonprofit organizations in the Toledo area, including the Boards of the Ability Center, Ability Center @HOME and the Mercy Health Partners. She has been honored in her local community as the 1996 recipient of the “20 Under 40” award and the 2011 “Milestones: Woman of Achievement Award”.

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