Pamela Kraynak is an attorney, mediator and education consultant, and was with WestEd as Senior Consultant for over ten years. While at WestEd, she was a senior legal associate for the Northeast Regional Resource Center. She assisted U.S. and state departments of education around the country and in Puerto Rico to improve due process and dispute resolution systems, to develop education regulations and policies, and provide assistance to solve systemic problems in both early intervention and K-12. She collaborated with many national centers, such as the equity assistance centers and regional labs. She also co-directed leadership academies for experienced special education administrators and provided consulting services to districts on data driven decision-making, discrimination and cultural responsiveness, coaching personnel, parent focus groups, improving regulatory compliance, and partnering with parent groups to improve parent experience in schools.
She assisted a national organization in piloting residentially based parent and student programs in three large urban centers that focused on supporting parent and student determined aspirations. Most recently as a private consultant, she has assisted state special education administrators associations, independent schools, and parents of children with disabilities. She served on the board of her state’s parent center, including a term as board chair.
Prior to joining the regional center, Pamela was a practicing attorney for ten years whose practice represented both school boards and parents and represented a wide range of clients in both the private and public sectors. She was an early promoter of dispute resolution alternatives to litigation and her firm was dedicated to civil rights, and in particular, supported the passage of the first civil union statute in the U.S. Pamela also was faculty and an administrator to Woodbury College, one of the nation’s first mediation programs, for six years. Prior to law school, Pamela served as director of the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union.
Pamela is parent of a child with a disability.