Alameda County District Attorney
Pamela Price is leading the wave of progressive district attorneys who are working to transform our broken criminal justice system, end mass incarceration, challenge structural racism in our judicial systems, hold police departments accountable, and create safe, thriving communities.
Pamela was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and spent years in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. She joined the civil rights movement in 1968 and was arrested for the first time in a civil rights demonstration at age 13. In 1978, she graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Political Science. In 1982, she graduated from U.C. Berkeley School of Law with a J.D. and an M.A. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. She became a member of the California bar in 1983.
Pamela has spent her entire career advocating for justice on behalf of women. She has successfully represented countless victims of sex and race-based discrimination. Her compassion for victims is deeply rooted in her own personal experiences with sexual harassment, domestic violence and the criminal justice system. Pamela opened her own civil litigation firm in 1991.
Pamela has a record of successfully suing the California Department of Corrections (CDC) on behalf of victims of sexual harassment. As a result of Pamela’s relentless advocacy and effective litigation, in 2004, the CDC implemented new policies and regulations aimed at protecting female employees from sexual harassment and sexual assault.
In 2002, Pamela became one of only a handful of Black women to ever argue in front of the United States Supreme Court. In that case, she successfully advocated for her client, a Black man who had been subjected to constant racial harassment at his place of employment. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in her favor, and after a ten-year battle with his employer, Amtrak, her client finally won the case.
In 2007, Pamela was appointed to serve as the Interim Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, an organization committed to protecting the civil and human rights of poor communities, immigrant communities, communities of color, and other marginalized groups. She later served as the co-chair of the Board of Directors, and as the Director of Special Projects.
Pamela is running for Alameda County District Attorney because she is prepared to upend the status quo in the DA’s office and implement the bold measures needed for criminal justice reform. Pamela believes in equity and integrity; she is fully invested in the fight to end mass incarceration, racial bias in policing, and hold law enforcement officials fully accountable for their actions.