Pamela H. Richards began serving as the 25th National President of the national organization of Federally Employed Women’s (FEW) on July 22, 2022.
Mrs. Richards is the Immediate Past DC Metro Regional Manager (RM), where she had oversight of 26 chapters and chapter presidents; a member of the National Oversight Committee and the Publication and Policy Review Committee of FEW. During her tenure, Pamela created and organized DCMR FEW CARES and provided gas and grocery gift cards to furloughed region members during the government shutdown. Pamela has also collaborated with DCMR FEW partners and feed the homeless, completed a makeover of a Homeless Men’s Shelter and donated over 300 toys for children living in homelessness and poverty. Under her leadership, the DC Metro Region has received the Regional Achievement Award, and numerous National, chapter, and individual awards. Also Pamela held two successful virtual Regional Training Programs and created the Blue Table Talk Leadership Development Series I & II during the pandemic. Due to her demonstrated servant leadership skills, Pamela received FEW’s most prestigious award, the Barbara Boardman Tenant Award and the President’s Award during the first year of her administration. Pamela is also an active member and former immediate Past President of the Federal Triangle Chapter. Mrs. Richards also served as the Vice President of Federal Triangle Chapter (FTC). She has led at all three tier levels of FEW.
Mrs. Richards has previously held several positions in the area of women advocacy. She also was the 2nd Vice President for the National Council of Federal Women Program Managers and the Federal Women’s Program at her previous employment representing two federal agencies, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency and Pretrial Services Agency. Mrs. Richards worked closely with the EEO Office and senior level management cultivating relationships to assist in developing EEO and compliance policies as well as the equal advancement of women within the agency.
Mrs. Richards is a Supervisory Investigative Research Analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Forensic, Audit and Investigative Services (FAIS) where she processes complaints for fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement of federal funding. Mrs. Richards also serves as a committed member on the FAIS’ Respect, Equity, Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion (READI) Committee; the Women’s Liaison Group; and the Veterans Affairs Liaison Group. Mrs. Richards has received GAO’s Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity, and Inclusion Individual and Team Award, and FAIS Managing Directors’ Leadership and Team Award for her grassroots level leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion.
Upon her arrival to GAO, Pamela met with senior level management at GAO an established a presence for the Federal Triangle Chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW) which is now a part of GAO’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and a recognized agency Employee Resource Group. Over the span of her federal career, Mrs. Richards has worked closely with the EEO Office and senior level management, cultivating relationships to assist in developing EEO and compliance policies as well as the equal advancement of women within agencies.
For over 10 years, she has taught Criminal Justice courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Mrs. Richards graduated from Albany State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management and Criminal Justice Administration and Masters of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Corrections, all while being a single parent. Mrs. Richards’s passion is to advocate for the advancement for women and juvenile justice reform.