Although born in California, Pamela grew up in numerous cities across the country as the child of a career naval officer, finally returning to California in 1998.
Prior to joining the City of Pleasanton in 2003, Pamela was the Executive Director of the Pleasanton Downtown Association, after moving from Hanford, California, where she worked with civic leaders on a revitalization program for that city’s downtown. Pamela also has a 10-year background in retail banking management.
Pamela holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in quantitative management from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. She also completed a program in historic preservation at the University of Georgia.
As the Economic Development Director, Pamela Ott leads the City’s efforts to maintain a robust and diverse business community through strategic business retention, expansion, and attraction initiatives. She works on a variety of large and small development projects, acts as an ombudsman to companies looking for information or assistance, staffs the City’s Economic Vitality Committee, and also oversees the City’s Business License Division.
Reflecting her commitment to serve the community, Pamela actively supports many local organizations and events – including her current service as the board chair of Valley Humane Society. She is known for being highly responsive, for applying both critical thinking and creativity to challenging issues.