Cecilia Clarke is President and CEO of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. For more than 20 years, she has successfully managed and developed nonprofit organizations in the greater New York City area, with an emphasis on community and cultural advancement.
Cecilia joined the Foundation in September 2013 after more than a decade as Executive Director of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, an innovative educational leadership program she founded in 2001 for low-income young women from New York City and Newark, NJ. Cecilia built Sadie Nash from an inaugural class of 16 girls in 2002 to an annual roster of more than 500 participants. Under her leadership, Sadie Nash was awarded the 2010 New York Times Company Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence.
Prior to establishing Sadie Nash, Cecilia enjoyed a successful career in arts management. She led the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, was Associate Director of The Drawing Center, and was responsible for government fundraising at the Brooklyn Museum. She got her start as a social worker, counseling women at Fountain House, a “clubhouse” program for the mentally ill.
Cecilia has served on the New York State Attorney General’s Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization, the Board of Directors of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Education, and as a volunteer for the Park Slope Safe Homes Project.
Cecilia received her B.A. from Georgetown University. She lives in Fort Greene with her husband and three children.