Yvette Clark, Lead Job Developer for KRA/Baltimore*, was nominated for the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) Board of Directors by John Walters, former BCCC Board Chair and Owner of Walters Relocations, Inc. (WRI), a valued KRA workforce partner in the Baltimore business community. Clark, who has been a member of the BCCC since 2012, won the election and was welcomed onto the Board during its July Executive Board Meeting. Clark joined the KRA/Baltimore team as a Job Developer in January 2012, and due to exceptional and demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities in the job-development arena, was promoted to Lead Job Developer in March 2013.
Nate’ Gordon, KRA Corporate Operations Manager and KRA/Baltimore Program Manager, stated, “We are all extremely proud and excited for Yvette’s Board appointment, as it puts KRA Corporation right at the table, to collaborate and to network with the most successful and vibrant businesses in our community. She has functioned as a staple in the KRA/Baltimore Job Development Department, establishing partnerships with small and large organizations throughout Baltimore, among them WRI, the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, and the Maryland Live Casino. Essentially, her encouraging leadership, breadth of knowledge, and relentless networking has enabled the completion of many successful endeavors. In addition, Yvette has been selected as the Chair of the BCCC’s Legislative Reception, which will be held this Fall.”
On her election, Clark reported, “I am honored to have been elected to this position with an organization that is so integral to the success of our Baltimore City business community. I intend to continue to support the BCCC mission** and to contribute what I can to enhance our members’ business development efforts to grow and expand their enterprises. Our common goal is one of job creation for our Baltimore residents in need of sustainable training and employment opportunities.” Sabrina Jones, current BCCC Board Chair, concluded, “It is with astute confidence that we assert, it will not take long to recognize the impact Ms. Clark’s efforts will produce.”
This has been a busy and exciting year for Clark, who was also elected to the dual positions of Executive Director and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of New Vision House of Hope, a rapidly growing nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter and housing for women and men, and supportive services for Veterans in Baltimore City.
* Funded by the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, KRA’s Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program offers customers receiving Temporary Cash Assistance a wide range of work-readiness activities, including comprehensive assessments, unsubsidized Community Work Experience opportunities, and job placement. To benefit area employers, the Program also provides occupation-specific skills training for the in-demand fields of Healthcare, Information Technology, Tourism & Hospitality, and Early Childhood Development.
**The mission of the BCCC is to “promote business interaction among its members, to provide information and resources for its members, and to advocate the adoption of a pro-business agenda by the City of Baltimore and the region on behalf of its members”. Established in 1990, the BCCC has proven to be an instrumental entity in business development and resources in the Greater Baltimore Area. Sixteen Board Members meet six times a year, every other month.