Lessons From Hurricane Katrina: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make 'Something Greater'
City Councilmember, Tustin, Calif.
Later, after grad school, Clark returned to Orange County; she was elected to the city council in 2016. As an African-American leader in a city that’s only 2 percent black, Clark says she’s focused on building bridges. “I can’t change my skin color. I can’t change the fact that I’m a woman. And I don’t want to change those things,” she says. “I want to build a consensus among different people.”
She has focused on education and economic development, and on fighting brain drain in her hometown. Last year, she spearheaded an initiative she first learned about in New Orleans: Lemonade Day, which teaches children about entrepreneurship and management by starting their own lemonade businesses.