Director of the Rural Cooperative Development Program
Pamela Madzima currently serves as the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/LAF’s Director of the Rural Cooperative Development Program, based at the Rural Training and Research Center in Epes, Alabama. Her primary responsibilities include directing and coordinating outreach and technical assistance programs to member cooperatives of the Federation/LAF; and to small, limited resource landowners that are interested in forming agricultural and marketing co-ops.
Since working for the Federation/LAF Pamela has come to understand the economic challenges that underserved, limited resource communities face as they work towards economic empowerment. For these communities, adopting the cooperative business model is a vital step in moving forward, both individually and as a community. Her work is therefore focused on incorporating self-help development models to empower low-income communities.
Pamela Madzima serves in various other capacities which include: advisory member of the Southeastern Goat Cooperative of Alabama, chair of the Anulet P. Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund, board member of Shared Capital Cooperative; and board member of the Southern Reparations Loan Fund. Ms. Madzima has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and a Master's of Science Degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics.