Melanca Clark has been named president and CEO of Detroit-based Hudson-Webber Foundation. She currently serves as the chief of staff of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She will assume her new role in August.
She replaces David Egner, who left last year to lead the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.
“In our search, we looked for a candidate who will continue to foster a culture of collaboration among our partners and peers, advance our strategic direction, and reflect a passion for our mission areas,” says Jennifer Hudson-Parke, board chair of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. “Melanca’s personal character and leadership qualities, career experiences, and her genuine desire to see Detroit continue to prosper give us complete confidence that we have selected the right candidate to serve as our third president and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation.”
At the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the grant-making component of the Department of Justice, Clark developed funding strategies and partnerships to advance community policing and police reform. Clark previously led the Department of Justice’s Access to Justice Initiative, where she developed and implemented the office’s strategy for increasing legal counsel for homeowners facing foreclosure. She also was a senior policy adviser with the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Clark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and her juris doctor from Harvard Law.
The Hudson-Webber Foundation is a non-profit grant-making organization that has contributed more than $190 million to revitalization, economic development, and art initiatives in Detroit.â€‹