Clark named special assistant to the chancellor

Work to focus on business relationships

March 14, 2011

The University of Colorado Denver is adding emphasis to building relationships with business leaders and local communities with the addition of Leanna Clark as special assistant to the chancellor for community engagement.

“Clark’s background as a successful businessperson and her contacts in the local community will help us further our goal of establishing the university and its two campuses as a go-to partner for business,” Chancellor Jerry Wartgow said.

Clark brings nearly 25 years of business experience, including 12 years as a small business owner and in Denver’s corporate, foundation and nonprofit communities. With a background in marketing, public relations and community outreach, she 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 an international nonprofit organization that works in more than 120 countries nationwide. Previously, as principal and co-owner of marketing PR firm Schenkein, one of her primary roles was positioning senior-level leaders at client organizations in visible roles within in the community and creating partnerships to elevate their brands.