MEET PAM - DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR HD 88
Pam Dechert grew up in Northwest Indiana, the oldest of five children. Her mom is a retired public school teacher and her dad is a retired public school speech pathologist.
Growing up in a family of educators she learned to value education, acceptance, giving back and using your talents to leave the world better than you found it. Attending Andrean High School in Merrillville and later Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, those beliefs were reinforced by the teachers, priests and nuns that taught and have guided her throughout her life. It also led her to graduate school in public policy/nonprofit management at IUPUI.
Pam’s professional and volunteer work focuses on helping nonprofits both small and large raise money, advocate, and effectively meet their missions. She’s spent the majority of her career at Blackbaud, the leading cloud software company powering social good. As part of the Professional Services leadership team, she manages teams working directly with nonprofits to effectively use data and technology.
She's lived in Indianapolis for over 27 years but moved to the Geist area 15 years ago to raise a family with her husband Derek. Derek is a stagehand and a member of IATSE Local 30 (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees). He’s also a small business entrepreneur running the popular Indy Ski School on Geist - teaching kids and families to waterski for over 17 years. Her son attends Forest Glen School of Spanish Immersion in Lawrence Township.
Her current volunteer work focuses on education, schools and serving our community through the Benjamin Harrison YMCA. She recently served as the co-chair of the Yes4LawrenceSchools PAC, leading the effort to successfully pass a $191 million capital referendum ensuring that Lawrence Township schools had the necessary upgrades and improvements needed to educate students for years to come. She is the current chair of the Benjamin Harrison YMCA Advisory Board, chair of the Major Gifts Committee and longtime volunteer/board member. She also serves on the Greater Indianapolis YMCA Financial Development Committee as well as the Diversity, Inclusion and Global Initiatives Committee.