Pamela Ann Maurath

  • Born: August 30, 1949
  • Died: January 4, 2019
  • Location: New York, New York

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Pamela Ann Maurath August 30, 1949 – January 4, 2019

Pam was born on August 30, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of the late George and Iona (Caldwell) Maurath. She died peacefully on January 4, 2019, after a year long battle with cancer, at home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. Pam grew up in Hudson, Ohio; graduated from Hudson High School in 1967, and attended Syracuse University, majoring in English and Music. An accomplished musician she played the flute throughout her life. While at Syracuse Pam met Frank Orsini. They were married in 1970, and lived in the Saratoga Springs region, eventually settling in the small town of Cambridge, NY. Pam and Frank had two sons, Occhio and Alito, and a daughter, Mona. Pam got involved in local non-profit food cooperatives, which developed into the two lifelong career paths of bookkeeping and environmental awareness. Pam and Frank ended their marriage in 1986.

Pam's determination, professional drive, and creative thinking enabled her, in 1986, to become the Office Manager of a newly formed lobbying firm, Malkin & Ross, in Albany, NY. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she took on an array of duties from bookkeeping, and tax preparation, to grant writing. She learned about the legislative process and worked on issues that included; energy policy, healthcare, and political reforms, and midwives became some of her favorite clients. In 1990 Pam followed her dream to live in New York City, she left Malkin & Ross and went to work in Manhattan for the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF), moving from small town Cambridge to suburban Larchmont, NY, commuting until 1995 when she moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. When Pam joined RFF, she did administrative work organizing advocacy projects, and assumed responsibility for managing The Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), a then fledgling effort to bring environmental funders together. She created a model for how to recruit new foundations to join EGA, and for years played a leadership role. In 2002 Pam left RFF and founded New Leaf Strategies, a consulting firm for individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small business owners. New Leaf Strategies provided guidance on time and information management, and bookkeeping and accounting services, with a special interest and knowledge of fund accounting and nonprofit tax issues. Her "can do" attitude attracted clients.

On June 22, 2003, St. Alban's Day, Pam met Michael Sofronas in front of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Manhattan. They were married September 29, 2003, in East Hampton Long Island, NY. When they met, Michael was a widower from Argentina, a multi-lingual metallurgical engineer, and with Pam's encouragement, he became a husband again and set off on a new career path that led to his current position as a NY State Court Interpreter. Pam and Michael enjoyed a close group of friends who gathered for monthly gnocchi parties. Michael was instrumental in getting Pam away from her work to enjoy time with family and friends, lectures at the NY Historical Society, tango dancing, weekend getaways, and even a trip traveling to Argentina in the summer of 2018.

New Leaf Strategies became a passion for Pam and Michael, and it grew to include translation services, specializing in legal and scientific assignments. Pam was proud that New Leaf Strategies enabled small businesses and non-profits to be more successful. In 2011, Pam was approached by a client to "set up the books" for a newly created real estate company working off a dining room table in an apartment on the Upper West Side. Little did Pam know at the time, this decision would lead her to scale back her work with New Leaf Strategies as she agreed to become the first employee of what became one of the largest owners of residential real estate in New York City, A&E Real-Estate. Eventually, Pam's role evolved into Controller and Director of Human Resources, laying the groundwork to facilitate the growth of the company from forty-nine apartments to over ten thousand, providing high quality, affordable housing to thirty thousand New Yorkers.

Pam could not be stopped from working on causes for good, and she was especially proud of her work with Sustainable Markets Foundation(SMF). For more than fifteen years Pam combined her passion for environmental and social justice issues with her non-profit management and finance expertise to help SMF become a vehicle which last year directed over 13 million dollars to support a broad international spectrum of vital charitable and advocacy programs. Through the years SMF has been an incubator for countless new organizations that have gone on to make significant contributions to the nonprofit sector in areas including climate change, health, and human rights. Pam's dedication and solution oriented approach to problem solving made this possible.

Starting with the births of her children Pam became a passionate advocate for midwifery, and beginning in the early 90's became a pioneer by coordinating and teaching midwives how to effectively lobby, and went on to help organize political strategies for the main midwifery organizations that include: Midwives Alliance of North American (MANA), The North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), The Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (MEAC), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), and The Big Push for Midwives. She championed state by state legislative efforts for licensing of direct-entry midwives and national efforts to increase midwifery visibility as a viable maternity care profession. She worked tirelessly to advance midwifery, out-of-hospital births, and the apprenticeship model of education by promoting standards and recognition through the national credentialing process Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). To date, 3500 CPM's have been issued. Pam was one of the authors of the Midwives Model of Care document that brought direct-entry midwifery into the 21st Century. She was a founder of The College of Traditional Midwifery (CTM) and sat on the Board of Trustees as the treasurer. The CTM Midwifery Program is a Competency-based three-year post-secondary educational program, authorized in 2016 by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Upon completion, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Midwifery.

Pam's loved ones feel honored to have been part of her full and meaningful life, and she will forever live on in their hearts and minds. She was survived by her loving husband Michael Sofronas, of 15 years who devotedly cared for her, especially during her illness. She is also survived by her three children: Occhio Orsini and wife Lucinda Orsini, Mona Funiciello, Alito Orsini, and her two stepchildren; Nicolas Sofronas and wife Rosa, and Daiana Sofronas and husband Jose; her four beloved grandchildren: Avery Orsini, Julia Orsini, Austin Chan-Orsini, and Sophia Sofronas; her siblings: brother Garry Maurath and wife Lesa Maurath, sister Elianna Price and husband Patrick Price, and her nephew Jeff Price and wife Bethany, and niece Jill Price; her two dearest friends Sharon Wells and Carol Nelson (who cared for Pam in her final days), and the many friends and colleagues Pam touched with her gentle kindness, wisdom, and unique perspective.

A private funeral service was held. A public memorial will be held for family, friends, and colleagues, to gather and celebrate the life of Pam, it will be held on:

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Synod Hall (corner of 110 Street & Amsterdam Avenue)
On the Close of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10025
PLEASE, for planning purposes confirm your attendance (and guests) through at this link:

In lieu of flowers Pam had requested donations be made to the College of Traditional Midwifery. Donations should be directed to Sustainable Markets Foundation (45 West 36th Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10018) noting its for the College of Traditional Midwifery. Sustainable Markets Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax deductible. For questions, and to wire contributions, email with a cc to and instructions will be provided.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Recordamos con cari~no una cena tanto tiempo atras que nos preparo la Pam en el Upper West Side. Estamos con vos Griego en este momento, Guillermo y Ari

Posted by Guillermo y Ari Gleizer - Rome, Italy - Friend   February 19, 2019

Griego, un gran abrazo, te acompaño en este duro momento y contás con nuestras oraciones por el eterno descanso de Pam. Que Dios la tenga en su gloria

Posted by Daniel Martella - Greenwich, CT - Acquaintance   February 19, 2019

Pam was a powerful ally while helping to improve access to midwifery in NYS, especially Certified Professional Midwives and access to home birth. She was also a wonderful mentor to many advocates and help with the work of BirthNet in Albany, NY and with Citizens for Midwifery nationally. Thank you Pam! Carolyn Keefe, Albany, NY

Posted by Carolyn Keefe - Albany, NY   February 04, 2019

Pam, you will always be in our hearts and on our minds. We love you.

Posted by Lesa and Garry Maurath - Sacramento, CA - Brother   February 01, 2019

Pam's legacies are many, among them the best of the collaborations through EGA-- mostly though, I too remember her dedication and sense of humor, and her affection for her family which always shone through

Posted by Angel Braestrup - Washington, DC - Coworker   January 31, 2019

Pam was a force and a delight. As colleagues at the RFF offices, she and I were making up funder collaborations as we went along, both learning from one another and laughing at our various challenges. Her dedication was an inspiration. May her family and friends be comforted knowing she created a wide circle of appreciative colleagues and friends over the decades -- who share the sadness in losing her.

Posted by catherine porter - San Francisco, CA - Coworker   January 30, 2019


Sending comfort and prayers to Michael and all Pam's family. We'll always think of Pam and Michael when we see the beautiful tango sign from Argentina. From two fellow tango dancers, Angela and Bruce.

Posted by Angela Darling - New York, NY - Acquaintance   January 29, 2019

So sad to hear this news. Pam was dedicated to the core for good causes all her life. Sending love to her family.....

Posted by Ann Krumboltz - Seattle, WA - Friend   January 29, 2019

I entered Pam's circle during her last pregnancy with Alito. I knew Jim a few years behind him in grade school. It was a delight to get to know Pam as I coached her through her last pregnancy, and delivered her baby. we talked often of midwife right and responsibilities. It was easy to see she would be a driving force behind midwifery rights. Anything she set her sights upon would benefit from her drive and willpower. much love to all Phil Grillo

Posted by PHILIP GRILLO - Dixon, MO - Friend   January 27, 2019

Pam's work to support the causes she believed in was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. I met her years ago when she was helping the fledgling national midwifery organizations grow and prosper - work that she continued to support for the rest of her life. We will all miss her terribly, and are grateful for all the wisdom and experience that she gave so freely.

Posted by Ida Darragh - Little Rock,, AR - Friend   January 27, 2019

I am so sorry to learn of Pam's passing. She was a good friend to Michael, and me. Sending you peaceful wishes.

Posted by Zerline Goodman - Brooklyn, NY - Friend   January 27, 2019


I am totally heartbroken over the loss of Pam. She was my mentor, colleague, and boss. But most importantly, she was my friend. She helped me in so many ways throughout the years. I will never forget her and keep her in my heart forever. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Patricia Vega - 289 Bonner Place, #2, Bronx, NY - Friend   January 25, 2019

I am very sorry for the loss of Pam and miss her dearly. She was my friend and a great boss and helped me find and navigate a good job for six years - which is rare to have had these days. Please accept my sincere condolences. Wishing her a stiff drink in heaven. - Ellen Chandler

Posted by Ellen Chandler - Hoboken, NJ - Family Friend   January 24, 2019

Una luz que se apaga en la tierra, una nueva estrella que se ilumina en el cielo. Te encontraré a faltar Pam. Mis condolencias para toda la familia y amigos. Un fuerte abrazo amigo Michael.

Posted by Pep Baltasar - Barcelona - Friend   January 24, 2019

My condolecences to her family and friends. Hope she rests in peace. She surely was a great woman. We Will miss her and remember her always

Posted by Guillermo FRAIRE - New york, NY - Friend   January 14, 2019


My condolence to the family. May you receive an abundance of support from friends & neighbors, and comfort from God's loving arms every morning. Isaiah 33:2

Posted by Rose Lee    January 05, 2019

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by Deborah Scott - Middle River, MD   January 05, 2019

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