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Pamela McNeff Smith

Coordinator and Executive Assistant/MSSI

United States of America

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Biography

Pamela McNeff Smith works at ICANN as the Coordinator & Executive Assistant for the Multistakeholder Strategy & Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) Department, She joined ICANN in 2015 after an 8-year stint at the University of Southern California, working with the Brain and Creativity Institute as an Executive Assistant to the directors and Department Coordinator for a pack of scientists studying the brain and emotion. Interestingly, that comes in handy at ICANN.

Pamela has an undergraduate degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Southern Methodist University, and a Master's degree in Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. A lifetime of broad experience including advertising, retail management, product development and management, event planning informs her current work. The more skills, the merrier, and Pamela uses all of them in her current role. She really enjoys the uniqueness of the "unicorn" that is ICANN - it's a completely unique place to be.

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