Pema Richeson

Pema is a director of research programs at Stanford University responsible for managing a portfolio of projects ranging from clinical genomics, to digital pathology, to SARS-CoV-2 research.  Prior to Stanford, Pema served as director of operations for clinical research programs housed in the Memory and Brain Wellness Center at the University of Washington.  Pema brings over 12 years’ experience as an innovative and dedicated program and operations manager.


Pema knows the value of education and believes that all children should have access to inclusive and nurturing environments regardless of their financial position.  From raising funds for Ethiopia during ActionAid Week at her Primary school in Singapore to studying abroad in Ghana as an undergraduate student, Pema has always felt a pull towards Africa.  She joined the Hope Shines’ Board of Directors in January 2020.


Pema holds a BA in International Studies with minors in Public Health and African Studies from Indiana University and an MA in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  She lives in San Jose, CA, with her husband and tuxedo cat.

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