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Pam Johnson

Author and Consultant

Pam Johnson is an author and consultant.

Before venturing out on her own as a publicist, political strategist, and media-and issues-management consultant, Pam was the executive director of the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women and the Mississippi Association for Justice . She was assistant secretary of state for policy and publications and served as the office of the state auditor’s first communications coordinator.

Pam participated in the first Mississippi Book Festival as the author of “Justice for Ella” (iUniverse, 2014), a true story of Mississippi’s civil-rights era featuring two brave women who beat the harsh system of discrimination and segregation in 1960s-era Noxubee County. The late columnist Bill Minor likened the work to Mississippi’s true version of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

She was recognized as a Mississippi Trail Blazer in 2011 for integrity in public service. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus of MAJ in 2018, and the Connecting the Dots Foundation recognized her as a Woman of Courage and Strength that year.

Pam is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Center for Violence Prevention, a domestic-violence shelter in Pearl, Miss., that serves survivors of interpersonal violence and human trafficking. She was on the team that helped establish the SANE program, which provides sexual-assault victims compassionate and effective care, in Mississippi, resulting in a stronger system for successful prosecution of attackers.

Pam served on the Board of Trustees of Leadership Greater Jackson and is a proud union member, helping to promote good-paying, secure jobs for Mississippi workers.

She has been a public-school teacher, a news editor of two weekly newspapers, a magazine publisher, a florist, a lobbyist, an advocate, and was twice elected alderwoman in her hometown of Mount Olive. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English secondary education from the University of Southern Mississippi and is a long-time associate member of the Mississippi Press Association.

Pam attends Wells Memorial United Methodist Church, where she is a choir member. She and her husband, Bill, recently celebrated their 48th anniversary and live in the Brandon reservoir area. They are the parents of two grown children and the grandparents of two.