Pam Omidyar


Pam, you have wings for stepping into the shoes of kids fighting cancer! The work that HopeLab continues to do in order to better the lives of kids is inspiring. 

In 2001, Pam founded HopeLab to pursue her belief that a video game might improve the lives of young cancer patients by giving them a chance to “blast away” at their disease. In August 2006, HopeLab released Re-Mission, a breakthrough video game scientifically proven to enhance the lives of young people who play it. Building on Pam’s founding vision and the success of Re-Mission, HopeLab continues work to combine rigorous research with innovative solutions to improve the health and quality of life of young people with chronic illness. Pam remains a guiding visionary at HopeLab, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors.

In addition to her work with HopeLab, Pam is deeply committed to the eradication and prevention of the worst kinds of injustices humans inflict on one another. To that end, Pam established Humanity United in 2005 to building peace and advancing human freedom. Humanity United supports efforts that empower affected communities to rebuild security and justice and address the root causes of conflicts to build lasting peace. Humanity United brings together the best in research, policy, and public pressure to activate local and global solutions and address human suffering on a broad scale.

Pam is also a co-founder of Omidyar Network with her husband, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Omidyar Network is a mission-based organization that funds both businesses and non-profit organizations to create opportunity for individuals around the world to improve their lives and make powerful, lasting contributions to their communities. It has funded organizations in areas such as microfinance, land rights, philanthropic markets, participatory media, and transparency in government.

Pam serves as a board member of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Public Service and the United States Association for UNHCR (USA for UNHCR). She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Elders. She earned a B.S. in biology from Tufts University and a master’s degree in molecular genetics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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