Pamela CashwellChief Dep. Sec., Professional Standards Policy & Planning

Pamela Cashwell

Secretary Hooks appointed Pamela Cashwell as the Chief Deputy Secretary of Professional Standards, Policy and Planning effective April 17, 2017. In this role, Cashwell oversees the Office of Special Investigations, Internal Audit, Private Protective Services, Policy and Strategic Planning.

Cashwell was at the State Ethics Commission since 2008. She most recently served as assistant director supervising staff attorneys and administrative staff, provided legal representation, strategic and budget planning, legislative outreach, handled policy and legal questions, and many other duties.

The North Carolina native has held many legal positions including senior staff attorney for the NC Institute for Constitutional Law, trial attorney and attorney advisor in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and special assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Cashwell holds a juris doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and a bachelor’s in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has long been an advocate for American Indian and women's issues and currently serves on the university’s Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Women’s Leadership Council.