Pam Brady was appointed as the new chair of the Personnel Commission for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District at the commission’s meeting December 2nd.

Brady has served as a member of the Personnel Commission for six years and she has been an active proponent of the merit system, personnel commissioners said.

As an educational advocate with extensive experience, Brady was elected to the district Board of Education in 1990 and has served as a board member for 12 years.

She is currently serving as the president of the California State Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA). She was installed as the PTA president by Jack O’Connell, superintendent of Public Instruction, at the annual PTA Convention in 2007. Brady also works as a Community Mobilization manager for the American Cancer Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

A longtime resident of Malibu, Brady was recognized as Woman of the Year by the YMCA and the California State Assembly.

Brady said she hopes to deepen collaborative relationships with the community, the district, the Board of Education and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in order to maintain excellence in education in district schools.