Pat Clark

Pat Clark

Programs and Development

Pat Clark is the former Executive Director for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, (FOR) an interfaith and international movement advocating for peace, justice and nonviolence. The National office of FOR is involved in programs that advocate for demilitarization and nuclear disarmament, racial and economic justice and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Prior to coming to work with the Fellowship of Reconciliation she worked with the American Friends Service Committee for eight years as their National Criminal justice representative. There she focused on criminal justice issues such as death penalty, prison control units, hate violence and restorative justice, juvenile justice, prison reform and alternatives to incarceration. In her work on the death penalty she served as a major spokesperson. Her presentations and interviews have included Stanford University, Boalt Law School at UC Berkeley, CNN, TIME magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and National Public Radio.

From 1985-1990 Pat worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center, eventually becoming the director of the Klanwatch Project where she and her staff monitored the activities of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations and conducted research that was used in litigation against these organizations and for general education. She has served as a major spokesperson for Klanwatch and the Southern Poverty Law Center and her presentations and appearances include testifying before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Columbia Law School, Yale Divinity School, NBC Today Show, CBS West 57th Street and CBS World News.

Pat began her social justice work with Habitat for Humanity International in what was then known as Zaire, Africa. As a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity from 1970-1982 in Zaire she directed and finished the construction 117 homes; directed the work of over 50 laborers and craftsmen. She also initiated and oversaw the construction of a women’s center for villagers and helped to set up a cooperative store.

Pat has also developed an experimental garden and coordinated and/or instructed academic and vocational classes for non-English speakers.

Community activities include:

United for Peace and Justice Steering Committee, 2003-Present
Southern Poverty Law Center Board of Directors; 1990-Present
Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana Board of Directors; 1998-Present
Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation Board of Directors; 1992-2002
Pennsylvania Prison Society Board of Directors; 1996-2002
Moratorium Campaign Advisory Board; 1999-Present
Habitat for Humanity International Board of Advisors; 1989-Present
Habitat for Humanity International Board of Directors; 1983-1989
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Board of Directors 1990-1996