2017 Keynote Speaker
Executive Director, Hale Empowerment & Revitalization Organization, Inc. (HERO) and Habitat for Humanity, Hale County, Inc.
As an entrepreneur living in rural Alabama, Pam Dorr runs 2 non-profits and 5 small businesses. Her efforts create affordable housing and economic development to provide jobs and job training. Pam is the Executive Director of the Hale Empowerment & Revitalization Organization, Inc. (HERO) and Habitat for Humanity, Hale County, Inc. Working in partnership with all levels of government, community organizations, service providers and volunteers to ensure community development opportunities allow each of us to celebrate rural communities in the Alabama Black Belt. HERO builds affordable housing to help families achieve their dream of homeownership and provides economic development to create jobs and job training. Pam was the founder and now leads Habitat for Humanity, Hale County, Inc creating homeownership opportunities for very low-income families.
Pam grew up outside San Francisco and enjoyed a successful 18-year career in the apparel industry prior to dedicating herself to community development work. Joining Auburn University’s Rural Studio in 2003, she studied innovations in architecture as an Outreach Fellow. Pam stayed in Hale County to found HERO Housing Resource Center in 2004 and Habitat in 2006. She has led completion of over $15,000,000 in community development assets. Pam continues to celebrate the unique character of rural communities.
Pam has given several Ted Talks and interviews– you can watch them on YouTube here.