Welcoming a new face to PCHR

Pamela Hunt Gwaltney is the latest addition to the PCHR senior team, taking the mantle of deputy director for compliance, responsible for overseeing investigations of discrimination claims conducted by PCHR. She assumes the post previously held by Reynelle Brown Staley, who departed to head After School All Stars, Philadelphia.

PCHR Deputy Director Pamela Gwaltney

PCHR Deputy Director Pamela Gwaltney

A seasoned attorney, Gwaltney most recently served as assistant chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. There, she juggled a number of tasks, including serving as the agency’s education attorney, helping to ensure equity in classrooms. She also gauged the legal standing of complaints filed, oversaw legal research, prepared cases for hearings, and provided trainings on anti-discrimination law, among other duties.

Prior to her work there, she made a significant imprint at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, having risen from paralegal to trial attorney to senior staff. During her tenure, she handled a range of criminal matters in both Municipal Court and the Court of Common Pleas. In her capacity, she also advocated for juvenile clients, touching thousands a year.

Gwaltney holds an undergrad degree from Hampton University, a law degree from Temple University and remains engaged in a host of charitable activities, such as being a troop leader for Girl Scouts of America and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

“Pam has established herself as a real leader in Philadelphia through years of committed, hard work, largely on behalf of those who otherwise wouldn’t have much of a voice in our society,” said Rue Landau, PCHR executive director. “It’s exciting to have someone with her level of expertise join our team. Her legal acumen, intelligence and compassion will serve the city well.”

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