Leanna Clark is Vice Chancellor of University Communications for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. She directs the university’s marketing, communications and community outreach for both campuses, setting strategy and overseeing a team of communications professionals in branding, advertising, design, web communications, publications, sponsorships, media relations and social media.
Clark has 25 years of business experience, including 12 years as a small business owner of one of Denver’s largest marketing and public relations firms, as well as roles in Denver’s corporate, foundation and nonprofit communities. With a background in marketing, PR and community outreach, Clark most recently directed communications and foundation activities for IMA Financial Group, one of the nation’s leading risk management companies. She also founded and directed a major division of the international nonprofit Project C.U.R.E. that works in more than 120 countries nationwide. Previously, as principal and co-owner of marketing PR firm Schenkein, she ran one of the largest agencies in the Rocky Mountain Region, helping client organizations elevate their brands and protect their reputations, on a local, national and international scale.
Clark has served on the board of directors of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and has played many leadership roles within the Chamber, including co-chairing the 2010 Leadership Exchange Trip (LEX). She is on the boards of directors for the Denver Public Schools Foundation, the Public Education & Business Coalition and the Red Cross Mile High Chapter and is also a member of A+ Denver, a group of business and community leaders charged with monitoring the progress of reform in Denver Public Schools. She served on Mayor Hancock’s Transition Team as well as on then Mayor Hickenlooper’s Leadership Team for Early Childhood Education which led to the creation of the Denver Preschool Program. She has served on many other boards, including Bright Beginnings, Colorado Public Radio and on the Denver Sports’ International Bid Committee, working to bring international caliber sports to the Denver area. She also served on the DPS Commission for Secondary School Reform, a group of 40 business and community leaders charged with charting a course for reform in DPS high schools, and served on the DPS Citizens Advisory Committee that reviewed and recommended to the voters the recent 2012 mill levy and bond issue for Denver Public Schools.
Clark has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Girls Scouts of Colorado. She’s also been honored twice by the Denver Business Journal as a “PowerBook” award recipient and one of the “Forty Under 40” top young business leaders. She’s received national recognition from the Universal Press Syndicate as part of its “Workwise” Awards, honoring innovation and creativity among workplace leaders. In addition, she was named a “Woman of Achievement” by the Association for Women in Communications. Clark holds a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She is a proud DPS (Denver Public Schools) parent and mom to 9-year-old twins and makes her home in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood.