Pam Iorio

As Interviewed by Nate Carlson, March 11, 2015
"You have young people who find themselves in a situation where their family is torn apart, they don't have much money, they don't live in a good neighborhood, they don't have positive role models. That's a young person with potential, but without the right guidance might not ever realize their full potential."
Pam Iorio

Introductory Profile: About Pam Iorio

My interviewee for the Firsthand History project was Pam Iorio, the former mayor of Tampa, Florida, who is currently the President and CEO of the nationwide organization Big Brothers Big Sisters. She first got into politics when she was in primary school, running for class president, and was first elected for public office when she was only 26. She became mayor of Tampa, 54th largest city in America in 2003, and during her two successful terms, she worked to revitalize downtown and make sure there were equal opportunities for everyone in the city.

After her terms ended, she wrote a successful book on Leadership, called Straightforward: Ways to Live and Lead. Following her time as mayor, she was offered a position as the President of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and organization that pairs a young person between the ages of 12 and 18 growing up in a troubled environment with an older person to help them be the best they can be -- to allow them to grow up and achieve their best, despite their imperfect conditions. Pam and my mother have been best friends since elementary school, and we visit her every year when we travel to her Florida hometown, where she still resides.