Milwaukee Boys & Girls Club CEO named president of national organization

Jim Clark has been named the ninth president and chief executive officer of Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Clark has served as president and chief executive officer of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee for the past seven years. He will remain on board as president of the Milwaukee organization until the end of 2011.
“While I’m excited by the opportunities at the national organization, it’s equally important to me to remain in place here in Milwaukee until the end of the year to work closely with our leadership team to make sure we have a smooth transition,” Clark said.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has been ranked among the top charitable organizations in America based on cost-effective use of donor dollars by Forbes, SmartMoney, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. Clark will replace Roxanne Spillett who is retiring as leader of the national organization.
“We feel fortunate to be able to bring Jim’s outstanding leadership to our national organization,” said Emil Brolick, board chairman of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  “Milwaukee has been among our very top-performing Clubs every year. They are one of our most progressive and successful affiliates, with leadership in fundraising, program innovation, management, marketing, government relations and producing two consecutive regional Youth of the Year.”
Under Clark’s leadership membership at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee has grown from 25,000 youth to more than 35,000 and several innovative programs were launched that drive outcomes in academics, early literacy, high school graduation, teen services, girl-specific services and college and skilled trade preparation. This was made possible in large part due to the boldest strategic plan in the organization’s history, called the Decade of Hope which has raised nearly $60 million for the organizations initiatives.
“We have tremendous momentum with the programs in place, thanks to our Decade of Hope plan,” stated Clark. “The organization remains vibrant and strong and on a course for continued impact and growth for the kids who need us most.”
The campaign has helped Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee expand from 23 club sites to 40 which help provide safety, guidance, and programming for children after school.
 “We’re excited for Jim. This represents a huge opportunity for him and his family,” said David Radtke, board chairman of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.  “Jim’s contributions have been remarkable and have made a significant impact on the Milwaukee area and in the lives of thousands of Milwaukee’s young people.  And now he will be able to have an even greater impact at the national level. Milwaukee has been one of the top-performing Clubs in the U.S. for many years, so it’s no surprise that Jim was asked to bring his outstanding leadership to our national organization. For all of us, it’s about giving young people the opportunity to achieve great futures.” 
The organization will embark on a search for a new director before Clark leaves for Atlanta at the end of the year, Radtke said.
“Our board has been deeply involved with the Decade of Hope initiative,” added Radtke.  “With Jim in place through the end of the year, we’ll have ample time to do a thorough and wide search for a new leader. Jim has done a great job building a solid leadership team and we have a committed volunteer community. This will allow us to stay focused on being there for the youth we serve in order to help them become the future leaders of our community.”

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