Pamela Fong is a Senior Research Associate in WestEd’s Postsecondary Pathways and Career Mobility team. She provides education leaders, practitioners, and policymakers with actionable, evidence-based information to inform decision making toward building equitable systems in K–12 and postsecondary education.
As a skilled communicator, Fong captures key partners’ perspectives on issues and makes meaning of educational experiences through an equity-focused lens. Through qualitative analysis, she develops user-friendly resources, reports, practice guides, knowledge briefs, and publications on complex issues in college and career readiness, K–14 pathways, postsecondary transition, career technical education, workforce development, teacher leadership, and school reform. She is also a regular contributor to blogs about timely issues and the change-oriented work of Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) research-practice partnerships for the Institute of Education Sciences.
Previously, Fong developed resources for the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd and provided professional learning with WestEd’s Reading Apprenticeship to improve the teaching effectiveness of content-area teachers and for Pepper, a national digital professional learning service. Additionally, WestEd led a knowledge center for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where Fong prepared an ongoing research digest and quick-response memos supporting educational decision making. Before WestEd, she taught graduate courses in curriculum and instruction at the University of San Francisco, undergraduate writing courses at U.C. Berkeley, and high school English in the San Francisco area.
Fong earned a MA in Education of Language, Literacy and Culture at the University of California, Berkeley.