Students could learn from local alumnae, Pam Ladd

By Laura Milton

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — This UTC alumnae has worked her way up to be a major voice in the city of Chattanooga.

Pam Ladd, the councilwoman for Chattanooga’s City Council’s Public Works Committee is a driven woman.  Locally raised in Hixson, her beginnings were humble says City Scope Magazine.

Starting out as a custodian, she worked her way through college to become an entrepreneur and prominent city figure. She currently presides over District 3, which includes Hixson, Dupont, Northwoods, as well as her current home neighborhood Murray Hills, tells us.

Councilwoman Pam Ladd Photo Courtesy of The Chattanooga City Council

Ladd is a graduate of UTC, earning her masters degree in industrial organizational psychology.  Not only is she the Vice-Chair of the City Council, but she helps the community in many other ways.  She is the president of her own business Custom Custodial, Inc., and acts as the President of her Murray Hills neighborhood’s Neighborhood Association, just to name a few.

In her campaign for District 3 she was supported by the SEIU, or Service Employees International Union, that may have given her that extra push for the lead.  A devoted member of the Democratic Party, Ladd ran for the position in 2009 for District 3.  She defeated opponent, George Patten, by only a slim margin, and has been working hard ever since.

Ladd’s company, Custom Custodial, Inc., was started over 14 years ago.  The business cleans large buildings and schools etc.    It employs over 130 employees, the says.  She used the experience of owning a business as an example of her leadership ability for the election.

Ladd believes that Chattanooga is a growing city.  She proclaimed at her bid launching in 2008, “With opportunities comes responsibility, and I want to be a part of the public conversation in making sure that our City is well prepared for the growth that is coming.”


  • City Scope Magazine
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  1. It is always great to be represented by those that understand the value of the dollar and is willing to work hard to not only better her own life, but also the lives of those in Chattanooga.

    I really appreciate the fact that Pam starting out as a custodian and worked her way through college to become an entrepreneur and prominent city figure. Students who view her as a role model will go far.