Who's Who of Professional Women


Pamela Keye

Since 2012, Pamela Y. Keye, EdD, has been the chief executive officer and consultant of the Keye Global Group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is a visionary leader serving individuals and organizations in multiple areas of education, working with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Attributing her professional success to her own educational background, she firmly believes that education is simultaneously a “friend of the rich” and “the salvation of the poor,” as her mother taught her. Dr. Keye feels called to work in education just like others are called to ministry, as she seeks to share her deep understanding and love for people. Through her efforts, she hopes to improve the conditions of humanity and allow all people to live their lives with liberty, dignity, and happiness on their own terms.

Dr. Keye bears diverse expertise in policy analysis, pre-kindergarten through higher education, research in education and criminal justice reform, organizational development, public speaking, training, development, consulting, and strategic planning. Outside of her role as the chief executive officer and consultant of the Keye Global Group, she worked at Cheyney University as the chief social equity officer from 2022 to 2024 and as the director of diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility in 2022. Prior to these roles, Dr. Keye was a reentry center manager for the Institute for Criminal Justice with Philadelphia FIGHT and a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs within the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

A public education administrator for more than a decade, Dr. Keye was the principal of William H. Ruffner Middle School with Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia from 1994 to 1996. She worked for the same district as the senior director of research, testing and statistics from 1996 to 2000, transitioning to Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland, as an associate superintendent from 2000 to 2002. Dr. Keye became the executive director of intervention services for Baltimore City Public Schools in Maryland in 2002 and served as the regional superintendent of schools for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland from 2003 to 2005.

After her departure from public education administration, Dr. Keye was a technical consultant with Manchester Public Schools’ Department of Adult Education from 2013 to 2014. Then between 2015 and 2019, she garnered experience with Mission Launch Inc. in Baltimore, working as the director and as a research and design consultant. Dr. Keye co-founded R3 Score Technologies Inc. in 2016 and was its chief learning officer for three years. From 2017 to 2021, she contributed to the Center for Social Innovation in Needham, Massachusetts, as a subcontractor and steering committee member. Always active in her community and dedicated to giving back, Dr. Keye has volunteered with soup kitchens and criminal justice reform organizations. She also served on the higher education transition team for Pennsylvania Governor Joshua Shapiro. In addition, she has been a mentor, counselor, and coach for young people in need of guidance and was invited to speak at Howard University’s theological seminary program.

Proudly, Dr. Keye has two daughters and one granddaughter. She always strives to be an exceptional mother, grandmother, sister, and daughter for her family. Throughout her life, she has been committed to being a part of the solution to any dilemma, emphasizing transparency, authenticity, and courage in all her endeavors. Dr. Keye is willing to stand up for what is right, even when it may be unpopular. Professionally, she believes in the importance of adaptability, agility, evidence-based decision-making, and harnessing the power of human capital as the main component of all significant institutional change. In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching shows about interior design, homes, and gardens.


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