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Ron Clark, Fatherhood Advocate
For many men, part of being a healthy person is being a good parent. Fatherhood in the African American community is a serious topic. One of the best authorities in the field is Mr. Ron J. Clark, who joins healthyblackmen.org as a regular contributor.
Mr. Clark is an expert in fatherhood, having nearly two decades of experience developing, implementing, and consulting on program services targeting fathers, fatherless males, and young unwed parents. He holds a M.A. in Public Policy and a MBA Executive Education Certificate. His educational pursuits lead him to earn part of his educational credentials from the University of Sydney in Australia as a Rathbone Fellow.
In addition, he served as Director of the nationally recognized Virginia Governor’s Fatherhood Campaign for nearly a decade under the State Department of Health. Additionally, he was appointed to the State Secretary of Health and Human Services Child Support Guidelines and Review Commission and the State Attorney Generals Taskforce on Gang and Youth Violence.
Later he served as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Federal Office of Family Assistance National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, providing technical assistance to ninety-nine federal fatherhood grant recipients across the country. And in recent years he served as Director of National Programming for the National Fatherhood Initiative.
His published articles include, but not limited to: Fathers Voices in Child Welfare: Not About Us Without Us; Teaching Your Children Lessons on Friendship; How Do You Spell Dad: DAD or AFDC?; Fatherhood: Sons Need Dads, Fatherhood: Daughters Need Dads; Parenting From Wall Street To Sesame Street; and Have You had the Talk Yet. Most recently, he served as a content reviewer for the American Bar Association Center on Children & the Law new publication entitled Advocating for Non Resident Fathers in Child Welfare Court Cases. He also served for 3 years as the lead Father Engagement Consultant with the Federal Children Bureau’s National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System, a collaborative federal project with the American Humane Association & American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law.
Mr. Clark also is a keynote speaker, workshop and webinar presenter on issues of fatherhood, masculinity, male engagement, and the role of female service providers in supporting at-risk male clients.
And just for the record, he is happily married and the proud father of two sons.