Pamela Jo Hatley earned her juris doctor cum laude and an environmental and land use law certificate from the University of Florida in 2003. She earned a PhD in geography and environmental science and policy from the University of South Florida in 2013. She practiced real estate, land use, and environmental law in the Tampa Bay area for fourteen years. In 2017 she joined the Florida Housing Coalition as a technical advisor to work on affordable housing, fair housing, and homelessness issues. Pamela has resided in Hillsborough County, Florida for over 35 years.