Pamela Cook (Retired)


  • Tel: (415) 342-2444

Pam Cook, co-founder of Cook Silverman Search, has conducted searches for nonprofits since 2000. Prior to Cook Silverman, she founded and was principal of Pamela Cook Development Search.

Pam has thirty years’ experience in philanthropy. She managed The Clorox Company Foundation and worked in senior development positions at the Stanford University School of Engineering, the California Academy of Sciences, the University of Virginia, and the United Way.

Pam co-founded a women’s giving circle and serves on advisory boards for the College of Marin and 10,000 Degrees. She is a pro bono instructor for the YWCA. She was president of the board of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and wrote fourteen articles about search and nonprofits for Advancing Philanthropy. A Big Sister for ten years, she previously was on governing boards of the Fulbright Association and the SEMI Foundation and on an advisory board of the Institute of International Education.

A graduate of Duke University (B.A.), University of Virginia (M.A.), and a Fulbright Scholar at the Australian National University, Pam is an ACFRE (Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive), one of only 115 in the world. She received a certificate in corporate community relations from Boston College. and completed the Coro Community Leaders Program, Leadership Oakland, the Environmental Forum of Marin, and Stanford Advanced Management College.

Pam was named as the 2003 Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Executives and Northern California Grantmakers.

Pam is an excited new grandmother.