Born and raised in Harlem, Duanecia Evans Clark leads as the Director of People Operations at FaithActs for Education. A Connecticut-based non-profit organization working to ensure that every child receives the opportunity to graduate from college, take care of their families, and fulfill their God-given potential. FaithActs for Education builds relationships, leaders, and power through community organizing and civic engagement. Duanecia is a 2020 Pahara Institute NextGen fellow, a fellowship designed to cultivate and strengthen the leadership of underrepresented leaders who are making significant contributions to the field of education. She holds a master's degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Throughout her career in public education, Duanecia has ensured the recruitment and retention of Black educators and has forged partnerships between national organizations like Teach For America, the United Negro College Fund, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the National Women’s Law Center. This work has afforded educators the opportunity to be trained and advocate for equitable school discipline practices and end the inequitable push out of girls of color in our nation’s schools.
In 2019, Duanecia stewarded and secured a $10 million grant from The Ballmer Foundation, launching TFA’s Black Educators Promise – a national grant initiative designed to grow the number of Black educators by decreasing financial barriers to entry and providing supports that incentivize and empower Black teacher retention. Duanecia is a visionary leader who designs people-centered social impact strategies for national and local brands.
She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Michell, and their daughter, Ada.