President & CEO
Melanca Clark is president and CEO of Hudson-Webber Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to improving quality of life in Detroit. The foundation invests in organizations and initiatives that advance shared prosperity in the city and its core mission areas are community and economic development, safe and just communities, the built environment, and arts and culture. As president and CEO, Clark oversees the overall operations, grant making and administration of the foundation, where she brings innovative and collaborative leadership while striving to build strong communities as she has throughout her career. Clark is also the Steering Committee Chair of the Michigan Justice Fund, a funders’ collaborative advancing effective and equitable justice policy in the state of Michigan that she founded and that is housed at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
Prior to joining the Hudson-Webber Foundation, Clark served in key leadership roles in the Obama administration including as chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a grant-making component of the department, and was also Chief of Staff for President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Clark also had roles with the DOJ’s Office for Access to Justice, and with the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she helped advance President Obama’s justice policy priorities, and developed and implemented a number of strategies for enhancing fairness in the criminal and juvenile system.
Clark also served as counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, was a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at the Gibbons Law Firm, and was a Skadden Fellow and assistant counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She was also a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, and a litigation associate in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Clark serves on the boards of the Center for Employment Opportunities, the Council of Michigan Foundations, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Michigan Future Inc., and 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.
Clark earned her law degree from Harvard Law School, and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. She resides in Detroit with her husband Moddie Turay and two children.