Charlotte Local Group

Economic Mobility & Volunteerism in Charlotte

Thursday, June 28th | 12:00-1:00pm

Presenter: Laura Clark, M.A.
Chief Impact Officer, United Way of Central Carolinas

Description: United Way of Central Carolinas brings people together from all walks of life to solve our most difficult local problems and build a stronger community.

UWCC fights for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in our community. We will hear from United Way's Chief Impact Officer, Laura Clark, how Charlotte's economic climate has changed through volunteerism, education, and community partnerships.


Smith Moore Leatherwood
101 N. Tryon Street
Suite 1300
Charlotte, NC 28202


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Prospective Members $40.00

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Laura Clark, Chief Impact Officer, United Way of Central Carolinas

Laura Clark re-joined United Way of Central Carolinas in December 2016, after starting her career there in 2004. In her current role as Chief Impact Officer she develops and implements the organization's impact and investment strategies to achieve community level results. Prior to this role, she served as the founding Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance West Community Initiative where she led a comprehensive effort to revitalize a neighborhood in west Charlotte. The $90M effort included a simultaneous focus on mixed-income housing, cradle-to-career education options, and supportive services. 

Previously, Laura also 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. In prior roles at United Way of Central Carolinas, she led research and community planning efforts and oversaw the program evaluation of nearly 90 partner 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 the immediate past Chair of the UNC-Charlotte Institute for Social Capital Board of Directors. She also serves on the Housing Advisory Board of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. 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.


Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Cash or checks made payable to "LMA Southeast Region" will be accepted at the door.


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