Valarie Clark, MPA, Director of Faculty Development and Organizational Leadership at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) designs and directs national leadership and professional development outreach programs for medical school and teaching hospital faculty to foster career advancement and quality improvement through the influence of organizational and institutional policies. She directs the strategic development and implementation of the AAMC’s Group on Faculty Affairs through their governance activities and direct membership engagement to advance the academic missions of teaching, research, and clinical care.
Ms. Clark joined the AAMC in 1998 to support medical school educational and curriculum development activities. She was subsequently recruited to staff the Women in Medicine office, where she held responsibilities for the promotion of pathways for women in academic medicine. Her portfolio further expanded to include the faculty affairs constituency. She spearheaded the transition of these two long-standing informal constituent programs into official Affinity Groups with formal standing and governing Rules and Regulations fully recognized by the AAMC Board of Directors, thus establishing the Group on Women in Medicine and Science and the Group on Faculty Affairs.
As the recipient of the AAMC Spirit of Excellence Award, Ms. Clark has been recognized for her exceptional contributions to AAMC’s organizational effectiveness and improvement. A recent graduate of the Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) Signature Program and newly elected class representative to the LGW Board of Directors.
Ms. Clark holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Clark Atlanta University and a Bachelor’s in Health Services Management from Virginia’s Norfolk State University.