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Karen A. Clark
Senior Vice President and Multicultural Strategy Manager
City National Bank

Southwestern Board Member: July, 2005 - December 2015

Karen A Clark has joined City National Bank as Senior Vice President and Multicultural Strategy Manager to lead the bank’s diversity efforts internally and externally. Working with corporate marketing and various business lines, she’s developing a strategy for bringing in diverse clients and talent. Working with colleague caucuses and senior managers, she is assisting in developing a strategy to create an inclusionary environment for all colleagues.

Before joining CNB, from 2007 to 2010, Karen served as National Multicultural Market Manager at U.S. Bank. In that role, she helped to grow the bank’s multicultural base by 7 percent through the development of segment marketing, strategic sponsorships / product placement; and banker engagement in 14 targeted markets across the country.

Prior to U.S. Bank, Karen A. was the Chief of Development for non profit Operation HOPE 2000 – 2005, building a formal development department and diversifying funding sources. Over 5 years, she and CEO John Bryant grew the annual budget from $2mm to $6.8mm (cash basis) and grew operations from 2 cities to 11. Karen was responsible for the development of more than 22 funding sources.

1989 – 2000 was spent at Bank of America in assignments including loan administration management of a $2b commercial real estate portfolio; and, an international assignment coaching senior managers on effective practices for inclusion & bottom line productivity.

Karen serves on non-profit boards Operation HOPE, Educating Young Minds; Pacific Coast Regional SBD; L.A. Women’s Theatre Fest; and Streetlights. She runs the family business, C-Sick Records, an entertainment company and record label. The label produced several artists including Karen’s own CD - The Karen A. Clark Project - in 2010. The CD is available on iTunes, CdBaby and all other digital outlets. Karen performs throughout the U.S. and was a featured artist at the Long Beach Jazz Festival in 2010 & 2011.  Information at

Karen’s 2 children, Gara & Naeem (Spatch), are also artists and entertainers, having studied at AMDA in Manhattan; and the other at the L.A. Recording & Engineering School respectively.