Project and Community Development Director
Ms. Clarke is a native of Birmingham, AL who began her professional career as a co-op student at Georgia Power Company, while completing her studies in electrical engineering at George Tech. Clarke continued as an energy engineer until 1995, when her career shifted to program management consulting as an employee of Atlanta-based H.J. Russell & Company.
Russell assigned Clarke to manage the Birmingham Olympic Program for the City of Birmingham as the city prepared to host Olympic soccer and other sports practice venues during the '96 Summer Olympic Games. Following the Olympics, Clarke joined Russell's Housing Division, an area of the company focused on development, redevelopment and management of HUD-Assisted multi-family and public housing communities in Atlanta and other parts of the country. Clarke managed Resident Services and later, capital improvements for several large Atlanta properties. While in resident services, Clarke engaged community residents to help design programs and services to be delivered at their respective sites, some of which were funded by competitive grants under HUD's Safe Neighborhoods and Drug Elimination programs.
In 2000, Carol joined the staff of the Birmingham Mayor's Office, serving first as Director of Capital Projects and later, Economic Development Director before returning to the private sector in January 2008. Since 2008, Carol has continued to work in community development roles at Regions Bank and IBERIABANK before assuming her current role as General Manager of Southside Development Company.
A community volunteer throughout her adult life, today Ms. Clarke currently serves on boards of the following agencies serving the Birmingham community: Operation HOPE (Alabama), Create Birmingham, Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham, Aletheia House, The Ballard House Project, Industrial Development Board, and Medical Clinic Board - General City of Birmingham.
Clarke's honors include recognition by the metro-Birmingham chapter of the NAACP in 2012 as an Outstanding African American; inclusion in the 2014 cohort of al.com's Women Who Make a Difference; and in 2016, Clarke was deemed one of Birmingham's Top 50 Over 50 by Positive Maturity.
Contact Carol directly at (205) 503-4426.