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Pam Gardner

Director - City Position 3

Board of Directors


Pam Gardner is CEO of "Your Mind at Work", a company that provides corporate leadership and communication training, coaching and strategic services to businesses seeking to further develop core culture values

Prior to Your Mind at Work, she spent 24 seasons with the Houston Astros Baseball Club, serving as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Board after holding the position of President of Business Operations for 11 years.  She is recognized as the longest serving female chief executive in Major League Baseball.  In her capacity as President, she oversaw business, sales and marketing aspects for the Astros, including all revenue areas, customer service, sponsorship and ticket sales, as well as community affairs, marketing, public relations and special events.

Under Pam's leadership as team president, the club set a franchise attendance record during their National League Wild Card season in 2004, as 3,087,872 fans attended games at Minute Maid Park.  In 2007, the club drew 3,000,000 fans for the second consecutive year as well as the fourth time in the first nine seasons of baseball in Houston's downtown ballpark.  In 2010, the Astros welcomed the 30 millionth fan to Minute Maid Park.  The Astros business group organized the ballpark activities as the club hosted playoff games in three of the first six seasons at Minute Maid Park, including the first World Series game ever played in the State of Texas, in 2005.  Minute Maid Park also played host to the All-Star Game in 2004.

In ceremonies held in Houston in November of 2006, Pam became the first female executive inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.  In April 2005, Pam was recognized by Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal as one of the 20 Most Influential Women in Sports.  She is also included in a special exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, saluting women in baseball.  She received the prestigious Marguerite Ross Barnett leadership award from the Houston Area Urban League in 2008, and was also named one of the "Women on the Move" by Texas Executive Women and the Houston Chronicle.  In 2011, she was named one of 20 women listed as a sports "Game Changer" by Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal.

Pam originally joined the Astros in 1989 as director of communications, developing advertising and marketing campaigns for the ball club.  In 1994, she was named director of marketing, where her role expanded to include more strategic planning.

Pam became vice president of marketing in 1996, overseeing the advertising, marketing and ticket sales areas for the Astros, with emphasis on growing general revenue areas.  As the dream of a new ballpark began to become a reality for the team, her focus was shifted to include a leadership role in the design and development of Minute Maid Park.  While working on the construction and marketing of the new facility, she continued overseeing club marketing.

Pam was named senior vice president of sales and marketing in 1999, and added sponsorship sales and marketing operations to her responsibilities.  She spearheaded the advertising and marketing efforts for both the team and the new ballpark in its inaugural season and led the development of the new logo and uniform design that the team utilized through 2012, their final year in the National League.  The club also set franchise attendance records in two consecutive seasons (1998-1999) in the Astrodome, in addition to the current franchise standard set in 2004 at Minute Maid Park.

Pam also oversaw the development of programming to make Minute Maid Park a destination for a multitude of events other than baseball games, including receptions, concerts, corporate events, dinners and more.  The ballpark has played host to numerous charity events, including major fundraising efforts for the Houston Area Women's Center, the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Methodist Hospital.  In 2011, Pam led the effort to construct two new, state-of-the-art video boards, new ribbon boards, and a private club located behind homeplate, to help Minute Maid Park maintain its status as one of the finest venues in the country.

The Astros in Action Foundation, which works to enhance the quality of life in the Houston community, also increased its efforts under Pam's leadership in terms of both the volume of appearances the club makes in the community and the amount of money donated to charitable projects through the Foundation.

In April of 2010, the Astros proudly opened the Urban Youth Academy in northwest Houston, a collaborative effort between Sylvester Turner Park, the City of Houston, the State of Texas and Major League Baseball.  The Academy provides instruction and fields for underserved youth to hone both baseball and life skills, and is only the second Academy developed with a Major League Baseball team.

Under Pam's leadership, Comcast Sports Net Houston was formed in the fall of 2010, together with the NBA's Houston Rockets.  The network holds the television rights for the Astros and Rockets games, as well as ancillary team programming.

Pam currently serves on the Hobby School of Public Policy Board and the Board and Executive Committee of Central Houston Inc.    Pam is Chairman of the Mayor's Committee to End Chronic Homelessness in Houston.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Newfield Exploration Company.

A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Pam joined the Astros after working for ten years with an advertising and public relations agency in Chicago, serving her last five years as the vice president of the entertainment division.

Pam has two children, Meaghan and Coleman Anderson.


Pam has two children, Meaghan and Coleman Anderson.