Karen A. Clark, is the Multicultural Strategy Manager at City National Bank, creating marketing strategies to attract diverse clients; as well as overseeing diversity & inclusion strategies internally. Additionally, she serves as the marketing liaison to the legal banking services department.
Prior to, she was the multicultural marketing manager for U.S. Bank; before that, development manager for non-profit Operation HOPE.
Karen began her career in Wells Fargo’s construction lending group; then Bank of America as a commercial real estate manager of a $7 billion portfolio; and later served as a corporate diversity specialist for BofA, trained and certified by J. Howard and Associates.
In that role, she traveled BofA’s footprint internationally, teaching managers how to attain greater bottom line productivity utilizing effective inclusionary practices; self-examination; and, behavioral change. She later authored a strategic plan, adopted by the CEO, to move deserving women and minorities up the corporate ladder.
Karen serves the following boards: Educating Young Minds (president); L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival (secretary); PCR small business development Center (treasurer); L.A. County Parks Foundation (development chair); Streetlights (PA training program) and, financial education director for the Duke Media Foundation.
She holds a BA in economics (CSU Sacramento); was named one of the “Top 20 Black Female Power Players in L.A. Business” Focus Magazine 2012; and received a Diversity Leadership award from the CA & Nat’l Diversity Councils, 2015.
She is an actor, singer, songwriter, & producer. Her sophomore album, the Karen A. Clark Project, is available on iTunes, & CD Baby. She has been featured locally on the main stage of the Long Beach Jazz Fest; Pip’s; and the Central Ave Jazz Fest to name a few.
Karen’s one woman theatrical show “The Women”, has been featured numerous times (2013 – present) at the Ivy Substation (home of The Actor’s Gang); The Electric Lodge; The Fremont Centre Theatre.
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