Jacqueline K. Clark, MPA, APR, Fellow PRSA, was elected to the Board of Education in April 2017. She currently serves as Ash Grove Cement Company’s director of government relations and community affairs. Mrs. Clark directs public and government affairs as well as communications, political action, community relations and crisis management programs.
Prior to joining Ash Grove, the largest U.S.-owned cement manufacturer, Mrs. Clark was client services director for Kansas City-based Polsinelli, one of the nation’s fastest-growing law firms. She also was public affairs manager at Hallmark Cards, Inc., where for nearly two decades, she designed and managed the company’s 50-state legislative program. She held positions of increasing responsibility in Missouri state government with the Revenue Department, Lottery Commission and State Auditor.
Mrs. Clark has worked on a variety of issues at the federal, state and local levels and is highly regarded for her work in public policy development. She also has lectured as an adjunct professor at Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. She earned a master’s degree in public affairs with honors from the Hauptmann School and was Alumnae of the Decade. She also earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Missouri along with a general honors certificate.
Mrs. Clark has led boards of directors for public relations, business, civic, arts, education, health and human services organizations. She led the international Mizzou Alumni Association in 2009-2010 as its president and received its Faculty-Alumni Award in 2015. She serves on both the Public Affairs Council and State Government Affairs Council respective boards of directors, organizations comprised of companies from every major industry sector.
Mrs. Clark is a frequent guest speaker on public relations, legislative and government relations. In 2006, she was president of the Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America (GKC PRSA) and earned recognition for her exceptional national service developing and leading her chapter. In 2009, the GKC PRSA named her PR Professional of the Year. In 2010, she was inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows, which represents the top two percent of PRSA’s 22,000 members. In 2012, Mrs. Clark completed the SGAC, state government relations certificate program. She received the Portland Cement Association’s top industry advocacy award in 2014.