Jacqueline Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA
West Regional Government Relations & Public Affairs
Lees Summit, MO
Jacqueline Clark, APR, Fellow PRSA, leads west regional government relations and public affairs for LafargeHolcim NA, the world’s largest construction materials provider. Clark directs the company’s public and government affairs as well as political action, community relations and crisis management programs.
For more than a decade, Clark directed government relations and communications for Ash Grove Cement Company where she earned the Portland Cement Association's Gleason award and the National Association of Manufacturers' Women's STEP Award in recognition of her effectiveness. She was also the first client services director for Kansas City-based Polsinelli, one of the nation’s fastest-growing law firms. She began her corporate career as public affairs manager at Hallmark Cards Inc., where for nearly two decades, she designed and managed the company’s 50-state legislative program.
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 has also lectured as an adjunct professor at Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. Clark received a master’s degree in public affairs with honors from the Hauptmann School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri along with a general honors certificate.
Clark has served on 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 has served on the board of directors for both the Public Affairs Council and State Government Affairs Council (SGAC), organizations comprised of companies from every major industry sector. She is the only practitioner that holds two program certificates from the Public Affairs Council and two certifications from SGAC.
Voters elected Clark to the Lee's Summit, Missouri R-VII Board of Education in 2017 and she served for more than three years, including a term as board vice president. She is the first and only board member in the history of the school district to earn the Missouri School Boards' Association's highest achievement, its Distinguished Certification.
A frequent guest speaker on public relations, legislative and government relations, Clark was president of the PRSA Greater Kansas City Chapter in 2006 and earned recognition for her exceptional national service developing and leading her chapter. In 2009, the Chapter named her PR Professional of the Year and in 2010, she was inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows. She, along with her colleagues and agencies of record, have earned numerous awards for their work.