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Pamela Pugh

Pamela Pugh, DrPH, MS has served as the Chief Public Health Advisor for the City of Flint, Michigan since October 2016. She previously worked for 5 years as a consultant with Regeneration  LLC, a business owned and founded by Dr. Pugh and which serves as a catalyst for economically sustainable and healthy urban communities by assisting public agencies, organizations, and businesses in building capacity through effective operations and winning partnerships. Prior to starting this business, she was employed by the Saginaw County Department of Public Health for 14 years. Dr. Pugh received a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University. Pamela’s previous work includes being at the forefront of the fight to reduce childhood lead poisoning in Michigan. She has worked on numerous projects aimed at fostering the wellness of young children by addressing systems and programs that involve the physical, social, and emotional aspects of their development. Pamela’s research entails the development of an instrument to assess and identify households and neighborhoods that pose the greatest environmental health risk to children. She has been appointed to numerous boards and policy development workgroups aimed at improving the quality of life for children and families which include the Governor Granholm’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Task Force, the State Environmental Justice Workgroup under Governor Jennifer Granholm, National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Workers Training Advisory Board, Michigan Conference NAACP Health Chair, and past Vice Chair of the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) Board of Directors. Pamela is a two-time recipient of the NAACP Dr. Montague Cobb Award for special achievement in social justice, health justice, health education, and promotion, fund-raising and research.


Pamela Pugh is the Chair of the Michigan Democratic Women’s Caucus and 5th Vice President of the National Federation of Democratic Women.  As a strong supporter of the community she hails from, Pamela served as an elected member of the City of Saginaw Charter Revision Commission, 2004 - 2007.  She also served as the former Executive Director of the Saginaw County Young Democrats. Pamela has worked with several political campaigns on the local, state, and national level and was selected as a Democratic National Convention Delegate for the Democratic Convention in 2004, Boston, and 2016, Philadelphia.  Pamela was instrumental in bringing Teresa Heinz Kerry to Saginaw in support of lead hazard reduction in addition to 2004 Presidential Campaigning efforts.  In November of 2014, Dr. Pugh was elected, in a statewide election, to the Michigan State Board of Education.  Her term expires in January of 2023.  As the Chair of the Michigan Democratic Women’s Caucus chair, she has assisted in organizing events aimed at mobilizing women and getting them involved in the politic process. She is a member of the World Outreach Church in Saginaw, MI.