Born in Scotland, but educated in Zambia from the age of eight, Pamela, in the 26 years she lived in Africa, developed a deep and passionate commitment to habitat preservation and species survival and an abiding connection to its people.
An avid birder, she has also lived in South Africa, Australia, Philippines, Germany and travelled extensively (126 countries) with her husband as part of supporting his career. This breadth of knowledge and perspective however always pulled her back to East, Central and southern Africa with annual pilgrimages into the bush. Out of this and her annual safaris, she has become more and more involved in broader issues surrounding habitat sustainability.
As a Trustee of the Isdell Family Foundation and her work together with her husband, Neville, the former Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company and Chairman of WWF-USA, she has helped support a broad portfolio of effective non-profit organizations, especially The Nature Conservancy, Peace Parks South Africa, and BirdLife International. Pamela has recently been appointed to the newly established BirdLife/Audubon Stewardship Council and is an ambassador for and patron of the African Penguin through BirdLife South Africa.
Residing in Georgia since 1989, this interest has developed into a deep involvement in The Nature Conservancy both as a Board and Executive committee member of the Georgia chapter, now rotating off after a full 10 year term. During this time, she co-chaired a very successful Georgia for Generations $25 million dollar capital campaign. She is still a member of the TNC’s Africa Council as well as being appointed to the committee for their Africa Capital Campaign.
She has also recently been appointed a co-chair, along with her daughter, Cara, for a $20 million capital campaign launched by Fernbank Museum of Natural History to preserve and protect the largest old growth forest in a major metropolitan area in the US – Fernbank Forest.