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Donna Clarke named NHS interim president

The NHS Board of Directors recently named Donna Clarke interim president of the organization.

Having served as NHS’ Chief Operating Officer for the past two years, she plays a major role in implementing organizational efficiency, understands the strategic goals of the institution, and has strong working relationships with the company’s existing personnel.

“Our desire was to ensure purposeful leadership and operational continuity,” said NHS Board Chair Rob McGhee.

This action was taken following the departure of Kristin Faust, who served as president for the past five years. Faust was recently appointed the Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA).

Clarke joined NHS as Chief Operating Officer in November of 2017. In this role, she has been instrumental in driving operational efficiency, achieving overall goals, and coordinating activities including identifying key sources of funding.

Ms. Clarke has always been attracted to transformative and socially responsible projects.

Originally from New York, Clarke’s professional journey carried her to El Paso, Texas, where she took on the monumental task of managing the rehabilitation and revitalization of the city’s entire public housing program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) initiative.

Ms. Clarke has also held leadership roles at The Walt Disney Company and Time Warner, primarily in print media and digital operations. While at Time Inc., she moved from the print to digital platform to run daily operations at She was subsequently tapped to launch and sunset revenue operations for, a 13-year partnership between Turner Broadcasting and Time Inc.

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