Erik Clemons

Leader, Community Leadership Program
Member, State Board of Education

Erik has devoted his career to empowering marginalized communities across the state of Connecticut and helping others see their own potential and power. He is the founding CEO and President of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), a non-profit organization based on the model of Bill Strickland’s, National Center for Arts and Technology. ConnCAT is dedicated to creating empowering arts-based educational environments for at-risk public school students and training programs for under and unemployed adults. Erik has an extensive background in non-profit management and organizational leadership. Prior to founding ConnCAT, Erik served as the Connecticut Executive Director of the premier national youth development organization Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP). LEAP provides academic and social enrichment programs to children and youth between the ages of five and twenty-three. Erik has also served as director of vocational training at the U.S. Department of Labor’s New Haven Job Corps Center.

A lifelong Connecticut resident, Erik volunteers significant time and energy in supporting other organizations doing good work in the local community. He serves or has served on numerous boards including: Cornell Scott Hill Health Center, New Haven Housing Authority, New Haven Legal Aid, and Connecticut Voices for children. Currently, Erik is an Education Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a member of the Connecticut State Board of Education, Board Chair of the Housing Authority of New Haven (HANH), Board of Director at START Community Bank, Board of Director at Elm City Market, and Board Trustee at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Erik has a wife (Sharon), and four daughters (Kiara, Nyle, Nia, Kai).

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