Pamela Mays McDonald, M.S., Ph.D. candidate, Georgetown University
Founder and Principal

"Making Connections"

Innovative, award-winning founder Pam McDonald is an international expert at bringing diverse people together through culture and the arts, as a platform for personal, organizational and social transformation. With years of experience as a proven "change agent" in cultural arts marketing, advertising, broadcast media, special events, cultural facilities planning and audience development, her work has sparked increased public participation in the arts and a heightened appreciation of cultural diversity as an economic force. The list of her distinguished clients and collaborative partners attests to the success of her research-based approach.


With her multicultural, multimedia, educational and professional accomplishments, she has the unique expertise and sensitivity to use strategy, marketing and special events to create and celebrate significant transitions in the lives of organizations and individuals, using the arts as a medium and culture as a tool.

Pamela McDonald is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fulbright award; a National Science Foundation Fellowship; KQED/Union Bank "Citizen of the Year"; Smithsonian Institution Award for Museum Excellence; The Links, Incorporated, National Award for Community Service; Bernard Osher Cultural Award for an "unsung hero" in culture and the arts; and a special commendation from the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for "Important Contributions to the Achievement of the New de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park".

She has served on numerous boards, including the Western Museums Association and the U.S. Committee of the International Council of Museums, as a member of the National Program Committee for the American Association of Museums annual meeting, as First Vice Chair of the AAM Public Relations and Marketing Standing Professional Committee, a member of the Vision Committee of the Business/Arts Council of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Public Art Advisory Committee of the City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission, and as founding co-chair of the Friends of Faith foundation, an organization of media professionals who fight breast cancer in low-income communities through the power of information.

Ms. McDonald's commentaries have been published in several languages and broadcast on radio and television. She has presented her observations and insights to thousands of appreciative cultural professionals, university students and members of the public around the world. She is a popular speaker and an ardent observer of artistic, cultural and popular trends.

Depending on the unique needs of each client, Cultural Cross Currents' diverse team of professional associates can provide in-depth expertise in a variety of languages and specializations, to enhance our services and to provide practical, creative solutions to real-life marketplace situations.