Pamela Peters grew up in the Northern Virginia hunt country, roughly an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C. The historical influence, national government proximity and a tradition of family legal professionals were influential in inspiring her interest and commitment to a career in law, nonprofit work and government service.
Family was always of key importance, beginning with her family of origin as one of seven children. Peters undergraduate college education was completed at the University of Kentucky. She matriculated at Duke University School of Law in 1975 and received a J.D. Degree there in 1978. Embracing the value and importance of lifelong education, Peters received a Mid-Career Master of Public Administration Degree from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University In May of 1999.
Peters first full-time employment began with service as a social work trainee for the American Red Cross. Following her marriage in 1965 to a naval flight surgeon, Calvin Peters, she traveled extensively, following the U.S. Naval Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. With a 4 year old son and a baby boy 4 months old, the Peters moved to Durham, N.C. where Pamela was Office Manager of the Family Practice Office of Duke University Medical Center while her husband completed his seventh year of postgraduate medical training in a plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at Duke. When her husband joined the faculty of Duke Medical Center in 1975, Peters was able to begin her legal education and learn to balance those demands with her commitment to motherhood.
In 1978 the Peters moved to Cleveland Ohio, and Pamela worked part time for a small legal practice and became a member of the Ohio Bar in November 1978. The Peters family missed family and friends in the southeast and relocated to Florida in 1979. They have resided in the Winter Park area since.
Peters became a member of the Florida Bar in 1980. She served as “of counsel” for the Dean Mead law firm for a time before deciding to devote her talents and energies to family and community. Those activities and affiliations are listed below.
Past & Current Organizations and Affiliations:
Former Member, Ohio Bar
Former Member, Florida Bar
Volunteer Mediator, Orange County Bar Association
Pro Bono Guardian Ad Litem for Orange County Bar Association
Florida Hospital Golden Gala, Co-Chair
Founder and President, Trinity Parents Association
Winter Park High School Foundation Board
Vestry, All Saints Episcopal Church - Co-Chair of Outreach Commission, Chair, Worship Comm, Finance Commission, Chalice Minister, Reader, Delegate to Diocesan Annual Convention
Member Isabel McCosh Infirmary at Princeton University
Senior-Warden, All Saints Episcopal Church, 1987, 1988
Board, Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida
City of Winter Park Charter Review Commission, 1980
City of Winter Park Board of (Zoning) Adjustments, Chair
Duke University School of Law Alumni Advisory Board, Chair 1998-1999
Elected Winter Park City Commission 1988, Re-elected 1991; Mayoral Candidate 1993
Board, Winter Park Health Foundation
Former Member, Board Member & Vice President, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Florida-Class XXIV 2006
Leadership Florida Selection Committee, 2007; Strategic Planning Committee 2018
Founding Board Member, City Year Orlando
Founding Board Member, Winter Park Land Trust, 2017-2019
Peters was Interim Director and Executive Director of the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center at Rollins College from 2001-2004, fostering a program to provide education and skills to greater Orlando nonprofit managers and staff. She served as President of the Florida Philanthropic Network until late 2006. Florida Philanthropic Network was a coalition of Florida charitable funders engaged in maximizing the impact of charitable dollars through cooperation and collaboration with business and government leaders.
Currently, in addition to travel, oil painting and enjoyment of her family and home in Surry, Maine, Peters continues her involvement in church, the arts, her community and support of nonprofit organizations in Florida.