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Pam Abrams

Pam Abrams

Class of 1981

Pam Abrams (literature) '81) is currently the Director of Partnerships and Strategy at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a think tank dedicated to advancing children's learning through digital media. She joined the Center in early 2011 as a parenting expert with more than 25 years of media experience in magazines, books, and the web. Pam has published 7 books for kids, including Now I Eat My ABCs, Gadgetology, The House That Mouse Built, Finger Fun and, her latest book, Candy 1-20, which will be published in the Fall of this year.

Pam Abrams

Following her graduation from Purchase in 1981, Pam began her career as an editorial assistant at Harper's Magazine. In 1994 she was named Editor in Chief of Child Magazine. During the dot.com boom, she was the Editorial Director of eToys.com, a job that took her from New York to Southern California. She moved back to New York in 2001 and joined Scholastic as a VP and senior publishing executive focused on print and digital parenting initiatives. During the mid 2000s Pam wrote and produced books in the area of parenting, cooking, crafts, education, and business. Her magazine articles have appeared in More, O The Oprah Magazine, Parents, Entertainment Weekly, and other national publications.

For six years Pam served on the Board of Directors of Consumer's Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. Currently, she serves on advisory boards for several non-profits including Common Sense Media and the School Library Journal.

Pam lives in New York City with her partner, Dr. Paul Kligfield. She is the mother of two sons, Mickey (23), an Oberlin College alum, and Jamie (16), who attends Winston Prep School in NYC.