Staff Biographies

Virginia Clark

Assistant Secretary for Advancement

September 1, 2016

Virginia B. Clark is the Smithsonian’s Assistant Secretary for Advancement, overseeing the Office of Advancement, which is involved in building non-appropriated financial support for the Smithsonian. She joined the Smithsonian in summer 2002.

Clark directs Smithsonian-wide development activities and shares supervisory responsibility with the directors of the museum and research centers for fund-raising staff and programs. She oversees the $1.5 billion Smithsonian Campaign, the largest capital campaign to date for a cultural institution. Supporting every organization that falls under the Smithsonian umbrella, the campaign has attracted thousands of gifts and has so far resulted in 50 endowed positions, new education centers in six museums, the renovation of the historic Renwick Gallery and has helped fund the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Clark is a veteran of professional development work at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as associate dean for external affairs at the Wharton School before becoming vice president for development and alumni relations. Under her leadership, the university received the 2003 CASE Award for Overall Performance.

Clark currently serves as a trustee for the Salem International University in West Virginia, and she is a director on the CASE board. She was a trustee of Southern Ohio Colleges, and she was president of the American Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that awards academic scholarships to economically disadvantaged or in-need career college students. She also served on the boards of The Haverford Trust Company of Philadelphia and the Morris Arboretum. Clark is a graduate of Boston University.    

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Virginia Clark, Assistant Secretary for Advancement

Head shot of Virginia Clark

Ken Rahaim, Smithsonian Institution

Virginia B. Clark is the Assistant Secretary for Advancement at the Smithsonian Institution.

Photo by Ken Rahaim