Melanca Clark is president and CEO of Hudson-Webber Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to improving quality of life in Detroit. As president and CEO, Clark oversees the overall operations, grant-making and administration of the foundation. Prior to joining the Hudson-Webber Foundation, she served in key leadership roles in the Obama administration.
Most recently, Clark served the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as chief of staff of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), a grant-making component of the department. At COPS, she devised creative funding strategies and partnerships to advance community policing and police reform. She also served as senior counsel with the DOJ’s Office for Access to Justice, where she was a co-architect of a strategy for increasing federal support for civil legal aid.
As a senior policy advisor with the White House Domestic Policy Council, Clark convened foundations and key stakeholders to enlist support for and communicate President Obama’s priorities with respect to enhancing fairness in the criminal and juvenile system, strategically aligning philanthropic and private sector investments.