Pamela Holt is an experienced strategist and program and community development consultant. Most recently, she served as executive director of Maryland Citizens for the Arts and the Maryland Citizens for the Arts Foundation. In the District of Columbia, she was cultural advisor to two mayors, director of cultural tourism and special assistant to the deputy mayor for planning and economic development, and executive director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She has served as an advisor to the DowntownDC Business Improvement District and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). At the federal level, she has provided expertise in urban planning and community development to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the General Services Administration, and the National Capital Planning Commission. She has served as a grant review panelist for the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Holt has also been a site evaluator of grants awarded by the NEA and has directed the selection process for national and local public art projects in federal buildings, at national monuments, and at local public sites.
Holt has a bachelor's degree in Music from Howard University and a master's degree in Arts Management from American University. She also studied at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and Georgetown University.