Biography: Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva

Ambassador HamamotoAmbassador Pamela Hamamoto
Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto began her career in the energy sector, working as a civil engineer for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. from 1983-1985. Pursuing her early interest in clean energy, she developed computer models to optimize hydroelectric energy generation along northern California river systems and prepared testimony for Supreme Court hearings related to the relicensing of hydroelectric facilities.  From 1986-1988 Ambassador Hamamoto worked in the telecommunications industry and provided strategic guidance to both GTE Corporation and GTE Hawaiian Tel as they expanded their operations into new products and markets.

Throughout the 1990s, Ambassador Hamamoto worked as an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and San Francisco and at Merrill Lynch & Co. in Los Angeles. She managed a broad array of equity and debt financings for large corporate clients in a variety of sectors, including energy, telecommunications/media, health care, financial services and consumer products, and provided financial advisory services related to mergers and acquisitions, sales/divestitures, restructurings and spin-offs.

For the past 15 years, Ambassador Hamamoto has served as a valued trustee and advisor to prominent educational institutions in northern California.  From 2012-2013 she was a member of the Board of Trustees at The Branson School, and from 2007-2013 she was a member of the Board of Trustees at Marin Country Day School where she chaired the Finance Committee and Audit Committee in addition to serving on the Board’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee.  She was a member of the Board of Trustees at Ring Mountain Day School from 1999-2008 where she served as Board Chair, Finance Committee Chair, Site Committee Chair and Strategic Planning Committee Chair and played a leadership role in establishing the school’s K-8 program and campus.  From 2008-2012 she also served on the Stanford University Athletic Board.

Ambassador Hamamoto received a B.S. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1983 and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1990.  She is married and has two children.

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