Originally from New Mexico, Pamela Blackwell was the project director for dental health access for Health Action New Mexico, a statewide healthcare consumer advocacy organization. Previous employers include the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, U.S. Representative Steve Schiff and U.S. Representative Ralph Regula. She also served in the legal department of a major hospital system in Washington, DC. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the George Mason University School of Law. Pamela and her husband reside in Albuquerque with their three children.