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Pam Cleaver | At-Large Trustee

Class of 1985, Bachelors of Arts, Business/Accounting

Portrait: Pam Cleaver

Why I Serve

I was raised in a farming community and my summers were spent picking strawberries and working in a bulb plant. It was challenging and I didn’t make much money, but I learned the invaluable lessons of hard work and the farmer’s mentality of perseverance. My parents were both teachers and taught me to apply the same approach to my academics. The discipline and strong work ethic required for manual labor applied to my schoolwork.

In my family, it was assumed that I would attend college. However, at the time, there weren’t as many school resources in terms of preparing students for the SAT or how to obtain financial aid. From the moment I arrived, UW started preparing me for the wider world. I learned the needed skills to succeed. I was fortunate to be mentored by professors and alumni, gained professional experience working for UW graduates, and built lifelong connections and friendships by joining a sorority.

It’s my honor to be a lifetime UWAA member. You don’t have to be a big financial donor to contribute. Give back in terms of your thoughts, ideas and experience. What may seem small can lead to big results.


Pam Cleaver is a native Washingtonian who graduated from Sumner High School. A current resident of Yakima, she is a Certified Public Accountant who works with institutions, privately-held clients, and not-for-profit. While auditing services are her primary focus, she believes in being an essential business advisor to all clients. Pam is also a dedicated community volunteer including active membership in her local Rotary Club and she serves on various community boards.