Pamela Chen

Pamela Chen is a creator of storytelling experiences. She specializes in amplifying the voices of creative artists through multi-platform creation, curation, and technology.


Pamela is a creative leader at Instagram, where she focuses on designing content experiences with innovative creators on the platform. For four years, she led the team responsible for content development on @instagram, the most followed account in the world.
Pamela joins Instagram after more than a decade of content development experience. Driven by curiosity, she is constantly exploring new ways of visually experiencing the world: she was Senior Editor for National Geographic magazine, and oversaw photography and video production for the Open Society Foundations. She produced and edited documentary films at MediaStorm, and worked as a national newspaper photojournalist. As a musician, her sound design and compositions appear in broadcast and online publications including The New York Times Magazine, Showtime, Hulu and Wired.
Her work has earned numerous industry accolades, including national News & Documentary Emmy Awards, the duPont Award, Webby awards, and POYi awards in photography, picture editing, and multimedia. She has served as a juror for the World Press Photo Contest,Tim Hetherington Fellowship, and Pictures of the Year International. She was a member of the adjunct faculty for the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography, and sat on the Board of Advisors for the Alexia Foundation. She studied photojournalism and mathematics, and received a Fulbright scholarship for journalism to Taiwan.