Chandra Clark joined the VHL Alliance (VHLA) in the fall of 2020. The VHL Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, education, and support to improve diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for those affected by von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome. In her role of Executive Director, Chandra is responsible for continuing to lead VHLA’s vision of curing cancer through VHL while providing ongoing support for patients through increased awareness, education, and advocacy.
For the past 15 years, Chandra has served in nonprofit leadership by developing innovative programs and creatively cultivating opportunities in the community to support the advancement of underserved populations. Her passion lies in advocating for equity in healthcare, education, and economic access to improve the health and well-being of under resourced communities. Chandra’s diverse professional background includes business and talent development, fundraising, marketing, and external relations with experience in collaborating with corporations and organizations to develop and implement multi-level projects, partnerships, programs, and community initiatives.
Prior to joining VHLA, she served as the Director of Community Outreach for Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City where she successfully launched the organization’s first Community Outreach department, postsecondary education initiative and workforce development program for youth which gained national exposure. Her previous professional experience also includes serving in nonprofit leadership at Kauffman Scholars, Newhouse Shelter and as President and Founder of M.O.D.E.L, a faith-based organization.
Chandra holds a Master of Education degree from Rockhurst University, Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a graduate of the Central Exchange Emerging Leaders Fellowship program. She has been honored to receive awards and recognitions including NextGen Leaders from the Kansas City Business Journal, Young Athena Leadership Award from the Kansas City Chamber, Rockhurst Faber Young Alum of the Year from Rockhurst University, Top Connector in Education and Entrepreneurship from the Kauffman Foundation and Most Influential Women in Kansas City Business from the Kansas City Business Journal.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, writing, reading, and sharing invaluable moments with her 19-year old daughter Jada.