Lisa Clarke is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent Young Adult Social Studies-History and the Director of Policy and Partnerships. Prior to joining the staff of the National Board, she was the Team Lead for the U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellows. As a fellow, Clarke learned about education policy and advocated to have teachers’ wisdom at the policy table. Clarke taught social studies in Kent, WA and Brooklyn, NY. She held a variety of leadership positions in the Kent School District, including serving on the Superintendent Professional Learning Community, assisting with curriculum development, and acting as a Social Studies curricular leader. In 2011, she was honored as the World Affairs Council 2011 World Educator and was chosen to be a World Affairs Council Fellow based on her work to promote and improve global education. She came to teaching after six years at Rutgers University, where she studied gender and public policy and worked at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL). Clarke is a graduate of Providence College and holds Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and Brooklyn College.
- Committee: Barbara Balliet, Harriet Davidson, Jennifer Jones
- Post-MA Employment/Education: Director of Policy and Partnerships, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
- Thesis/Practicum: Practicum: Transformative and Negotiable Leadership: Lessons Learned at the United National Development Fund for Women with United Nations Development for Women