President & CEO
Melanca Clark is President and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation in Detroit, MI. Prior to joining the Foundation in August 2016, Melanca held several senior position in the Obama Administration including Chief of Staff of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Senior Policy Advisor with the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Senior Counsel with DOJ’s Access to Justice Initiative.
Prior to her government service, Melanca served as Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at the Gibbons law firm, and a Skadden Fellow and Assistant Counsel with the Economic Justice Group of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., U.S. District Court of New Jersey; adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, and a litigation associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Clark earned her law degree from Harvard Law School, and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. Clark serves as the Steering Committee Chair of the Michigan Justice Fund, and on the boards of the Center for Employment Opportunities, the Council of Michigan Foundations, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Michigan Future Inc., the Michigan Center for Youth Justice, and the advisory board of LISC Detroit, and was a member of the DOJ Agency Review Team for the Biden Presidential Transition.