Suzanne Clark is an American business leader and entrepreneur whose career has spanned the fields of media, financial services, policy advocacy and business management. She is currently Senior Executive Vice President at the US Chamber of Commerce, the largest business federation in world.
As the Chamber’s number two executive, Ms. Clark focuses on strategy, government relations and market innovation working in support of its more than 3 million member companies internationally. She leads a wide range of policy and operational initiatives at the quarter billion dollar organization, and is the first Senior Executive Vice President and the first female COO in the institution’s 104-year history.
Prior to re-joining the US Chamber in 2014, where she had previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Clark acquired and led a prominent financial information boutique – Potomac Research Group (PRG) -- which was recognized by the Inc500 as the 135th fastest growing private company in 2013. PRG almost immediately became a brand leader in the field of policy research and analysis for institutional investors – connecting “Washington to Wall Street;” and, the firm was sold to a larger macro research organization where she is a non-executive partner. As a seasoned business owner, Ms. Clark remains passionate about the need to create an environment where companies can innovate, grow and flourish.
In 2007, Clark was named President of the National Journal Group (NJG), a premier provider of information, news and analysis for Washington’s political and policy communities. NJG is an arm of Atlantic Media Company, and for three years Clark led NJG’s 6 distinct print and online businesses and guided an evolution from long form journalism to cutting edge digital and mobile media, with the result that her group produced record-level margins and profits and received multiple journalism awards.
Clark served on the Board of New Media Strategies – described by the Washington Post as “the largest social media agency in the world” – until the company’s sale to the Fortune 500 media conglomerate, Meredith.
Today, she is a member of the Board of So Others Might Eat, a Washington, DC support system for the homeless, and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School. She is the former President of International Women’s Forum (Washington Chapter), a global group of leading women in business, law, government, technology and the arts. Clark was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “40 Under 40: Young Washingtonians to Watch,” and later, one of the magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington.”
Ms. Clark earned a BA, magna cum laude, and an MBA from Georgetown University, and lives in Virginia with her husband and their daughter.