Pamelya Herndon

KWH Law Center For Social Justice and Change

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KWH Law Center For Social Justice and Change


Pamelya Herndon currently serves as the President/CEO of the KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change, a nonprofit law center focused on providing access to justice for low- and medium-income individuals with an emphasis on advocating for the rights of women, children and families with children. 

Pamelya is a former New Mexico State Government General Counsel and Deputy Cabinet Secretary.  She is a graduate of the Howard University School of Business and the University Texas School of Law.  Pamelya is licensed to practice law in the states of New Mexico and Colorado, and she is licensed as a certified public accountant in Texas.


Pamelya serves as a member of the Board of Directors of US Eagle Federal Credit Union where she helped establish the only Junior Board of Directors in the state.  The Junior Board is focused on helping develop high school and college students develop their leadership skills as they learn to serve on corporate boards. Pamelya has also been an essential force behind the development of CU SAFE, a Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) focused on helping to provide economic resources for survivors of domestic violence at low interest rates.  In 2020, Pamelya received the Purple Purse award for her work in helping to raise the well-being of survivors of domestic violence.


Pamelya has been recognized as the Public Lawyer of the Year by the Public Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar, as the Lawyer of the Year by the Albuquerque Bar Association, and she has been featured in Essence Magazine, an international publication focused on highlighting the work of women, where she was recognized as one of the outstanding lawyers utilizing the power of policy advocacy to support and raise the well-being of low income individuals.  Pamelya has been recognized by Albuquerque Business First as a Woman of Influence.  Pamelya has served as a member of the Electoral College for the State of New Mexico.  She received the 2019 Community Service Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She is a 2019-2021 W.K. Kellogg Fellow and she was recognized in 2020 as one of the top 100 Democratic Women by the New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women.


Pamelya currently serves as a Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s African American Affairs Committee, a member of the CRJS Council and as a member of the Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.  During her tenure as Chair of the Rights of Women Committee, the Committee was recognized as the Outstanding Committee of the Year by the CRSJ Section.  On some Sunday mornings, Pamelya can be heard on KUNM Public Radio in Albuquerque, NM as the Southwest Gospel Diva hosting the Train to Glory gospel radio program.  She also occassionally hosts a program entitled Women's Focus, where she highlights the great work of women around the country.



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