Executive Director Renaissance West Community Initiative
Renaissance West Community Initiative
Laura Clark, M.A.
Renaissance West Community Initiative Laura Clark joined Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI) as executive director in April 2013. RWCI is leading the comprehensive revitalization of a neighborhood in west Charlotte. The initiative includes mixed-income housing, a cradle-to-career education continuum, and wraparound services for families who live in the community.
Previously, Laura served as Director of The Larry King Center at the Council for Children’s Rights, a non-profit child advocacy agency where she led research, planning, and public policy efforts to solve systemic problems that impact the community’s children. These efforts included the development of a comprehensive community plan to improve school readiness and the implementation of a wraparound services pilot at a local Title I school for children at risk of school failure.
Before that, Laura worked for United Way of Central Carolinas as the Director of Evaluation and Community Impact from 2004 through 2008. In that role, she led United Way’s community planning initiatives and oversaw program evaluation efforts of more than 90 non-profit agencies.
She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical/Community Psychology from UNC-Charlotte in 2002. She graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1999.
Laura currently serves as the Chair of the Charlotte Branch of the Richmond Federal Reserve and is Chair of the UNC-Charlotte Institute for Social Capital Board of Directors. In 2013, she was named one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times. In 2015, she received the 40 Under 40 award from the Charlotte Business Journal. She has been engaged with a variety of other civic committees and non-profit boards, including the YMCA Community Development Committee and the Charlotte Family Housing Board of Directors. She has previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Queens University, where she taught courses in the Human & Community Services Department. A native of Charlotte, she is married and has two rescue dogs.
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