kandra clark, avp of development & strategy
Kandra Clark began working as an Associate Vice President with Exodus Transitional Community (Exodus) in January of 2019. Her primary roles include writing government and foundation grant proposals to support Exodus’ wide-array of supportive services for justice-involved individuals. In addition, she speaks publicly about her experiences before, during and after incarceration, as well as the challenges criminal justice-involved individuals face. Ms. Clark leads our Policy Team, is an advocate for policy/legislative reform, and is currently working alongside others to transform our justice system.
Prior to joining Exodus, she worked with The Fortune Society (Fortune) for 7 years. She began her journey with Fortune in their Employment Services unit, and later worked as a Senior Court Report Writer in their Court Advocacy unit. She moved to their Development Unit in October of 2015, and prior to resigning, worked as the Strategic Partnerships Liaison and Senior Grant Writer.
Since her release from Beacon Correctional Facility (Beacon, New York) on September 26, 2011, Kandra has earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from LaGuardia Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and Justice (summa cum laude) from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her paper entitled “Qing Law versus Qing Justice: Problematic Aspects of Filial Piety” was published in John Jay’s Finest in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration with a focus on Urban Affairs and is scheduled to graduate in Spring of 2020.
Ms. Clark is an alumna of College and Community Fellowship, an active member of Just Leadership USA (JLUSA) and both the Close Rikers and Free NY Campaigns, a JLUSA 2018 Leading with Conviction alumna, a Beyond Rosie’s Steering Committee member with the Women’s Community Justice Association (WCJA), and a Queens Neighborhood Advisory Committee member appointed through the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. She was honored by Citizens Against Recidivism in 2016 when she received the Julio Medina Freedom Fighter Award. Furthermore, Ms. Clark was a 2018 NY Nonprofit Media 40 Under 40 Rising Star awardee. She sits on the Board of Directors with both WCJA and The Little Piece of Light Foundation (founded by Donna Hylton).