Pam Iorio is the President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the country’s oldest and most effective mentoring organization, leading the organization since March 31, 2014.
Iorio, the former two-term Mayor of Tampa, Florida, successfully led the 54th largest city in the United States, leaving office in 2011 with a remarkable 87 percent approval rating. First elected in 2003, Iorio’s tenure was marked by a revitalized downtown, massive investment in infrastructure, redevelopment throughout the city, unprecedented reduction in crime and commitment to the arts and fiscal soundness, with financial reserves tripling even during a recession.
First elected to public office at age 26, Iorio was the youngest person ever to win a seat on the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County, Florida. In 1992, she was elected for the first of three terms as the county’s Supervisor of Elections. She served in 1999 as the president of the State Association of Supervisors of Elections, where she served as spokesperson for the organization during the highly publicized 2000 presidential election in Florida.
In 2012, after three decades in public life Iorio authored a leadership book, Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead, and helped organizations build strong and effective leaders as a keynote speaker. She also served as the Leader-in-Residence at the John H. Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa. In 2012, Iorio was asked to serve as the interim CEO of The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County after the agency went through significant leadership challenges. She served in that capacity until July 2013, setting the agency on a positive course and assisting in the selection of a new executive director.
Iorio graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. degree in Political Science. She holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of South Florida. She is married with two children.