Pamela Green Is SHRM's New Chief Membership Officer

By Beth Mirza Jan 30, 2008

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has promoted Pamela J. Green, SPHR, to chief membership officer.

Green was formerly the North Central regional director for SHRM. Since 2006, she oversaw the 10 states, 150 chapters and more than 50,000 members in SHRM’s North Central Region.

Gail Aldrich was SHRM’s previous chief membership officer. Aldrich retired in 2007.

In her new position, Green will be “the manager of the relationship between members and the organization,” she said. SHRM has more than 230,000 members, and Green has several initiatives and challenges to address.

“I see the role as an opportunity to engage the members” and to create more ways for SHRM to help its members with professional development, Green said. “We want to be their career partner and enhance their experience with SHRM, help them get the most out of their benefits, and find out what (issues are) top of mind for them.”

Green also will be responsible for designing and leading activities that support SHRM’s volunteer leaders, state councils and local chapters. SHRM will continue to charter student chapters, she said, and to explore ways to help students interact with professional chapters and transition between the world of academics and the world of work.

“Some associations don’t see the true value in chapter partnerships,” Green said. “[But] they are our biggest promoters, along with state councils. We recognize their value and we are staying vested in our relationship with them.”

Green also wants to engage the Society’s at-large membership, she said, by exploring how these members best interact with SHRM to help them maximize their membership with the Society.

“And we have a growing Gen X and Gen Y population” in the membership, she said. “What are their needs, and how do we meet them as future leaders of the profession?”

“Pamela Green’s leadership skills, human resource expertise, and knowledge of our members make her the perfect choice to head this division,” said SHRM President and CEO Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR. “She will be an asset to SHRM’s leadership team.”

Prior to joining SHRM, Green held HR positions at health care and charitable organizations. She was HR director at the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus for nine years, where she served on the executive team and was responsible for “every aspect of HR,” she said, as well as internal communications.

“We operated at a high level there,” Green said. One of her priorities was to make sure all staff members received the training and resources needed to do their jobs well. This included partnering with IT to make sure staff became competent in the use of software programs that were critical to their jobs. When employees moved up to new positions at other companies, “they were the top candidates,” Green said. “They were at the same or higher levels than their peers.”

Green has been an active member of the community. She is a past board member of the Human Resource Association of Central Ohio in Columbus, SHRM’s largest chapter in Ohio. In 2000, she founded the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources of Greater Columbus. She has been a board member of Catholic Social Services and volunteered with the New Directions Career Center, a service that helps women in transition find new jobs, and Inroads Program, which helps minority youth prepare for community and corporate leadership.

Green received a bachelor’s degree in business and human resources and a master’s degree in business administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.

Beth Mirza is senior editor for HR News . She can be reached at


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