Pam Simon served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords following a career of two decades teaching middle and high school. On January 8, 2011, while staffing the Congresswoman at a Congress on Your Corner event at a local grocery store, Pam was shot in the arm and the chest. Twelve others including the congresswoman were wounded and six people died on that day.
Upon retiring from the congressional office, Pam helped launch the Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Demand a Plan initiative that asked the presidential candidates to offer a plan to reduce gun violence. Since that time she has spoken out in news media interviews, documentaries, rallies, forums, survivor events and speaking engagements. She has worked with numerous organizations including Moms Demand Action, Arizonans for Gun Safety, MomsRising, Organizing for Action, Tucson Community Against Gun Violence and Americans For Responsible Solutions as a voice for common sense gun legislation.
Pam has traveled extensively to meet with local, state and national leaders to share her story of survival and to seek ways to reduce the national epidemic of gun violence. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience with violence and the healing power of speaking out for change.