Denella J. Clark
President & CEO
Boston Arts Academy Foundation
Fiercely Committed to Equity, Inclusion and Raising Revenue to advance the Public Good.
Ms. Clark is a proud Jamaican immigrant and Boston, MA resident. She has more than 30 years of experience with managing nonprofits in the arts education, academic medicine, youth development and human services sectors. She also has significant experience with public policy and legislation, specifically related to women and people of color. She is recognized as a transformative and respected leader in diversity, philanthropy, faith, youth and women’s issues, who prides herself on living a purposeful life. Ms. Clark believes strongly that all young people must be given the opportunities they deserve, to live the life they imagine. Ms. Clark approach to much of her work focuses on four C’s – communication, critical thinking, collaboration and community.
Ms. Clark currently serves as President and CEO of Boston Arts Academy Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that secures essential private funding that supports Boston Arts Academy, the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Over the past five years, she has led the effort to build an organization from the ground-up and has led the effort to raise close to $20M as part of a $32M comprehensive campaign. Eighty-four percent of the school’s 480 students identify as Black or Latinx, most students come from low-income families, and many become first generation college graduates. For seven straight years, 97% of graduating students have been accepted to college. More than 1,700 of Boston Arts Academy’s diverse and talented alumni are innovating and leading in a variety of careers in Greater Boston and beyond. In 2022, Ms. Clark, Boston Arts Academy Foundation, and the school will celebrate the grand opening of Boston Arts Academy’s first state-of-the-art school building directly across the street from Fenway Park. Earlier in her career, she was a part of the leadership team at Joslin Diabetes Center successful $100M capital campaign and led the Dimock Center’s first $25M campaign. She has secured eight, seven and six-figure gifts over the course of her career to help transform and advance mission.