Monica Clark of Sonoma’s Hanna Boys Center wins CFO award
Monica S. Clark
Get to know Hanna Boys Center’s Monica Clark, winner of a North Bay Business Journal CFO award.
What do you see as the essential role of a financial leader in the current environment?
To lead “capital” allocation and risk management to help the organization achieve its mission.(Capital means a broad network of employees, donors, directors, clients, supporters, and vendors).
What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in your industry?
Progression in client treatment and management protocol to Trauma Informed Care.
Tell us about the particular challenges and opportunities your organization has met in the recent past?
Leadership succession management; it’s time-consuming and hard work, and extremely vital.
What advice would you give to young emerging financial leaders?
Trust your intuition and always have a back-up plan.
What’s the best advice for weathering today’s economic environment?
Stay the course. We maintain a very long-term perspective and do not make major adjustments due to short-term economic volatility.
How do you think your business will change in the next five years?
Continued progression in client treatment and management protocol to Trauma Informed Care.
What is a decision you wish you hadn’t made? What did you learn from it?
I wish I’d kept my first car, a 1975 VW Beetle. I learned that youth is wasted on the young.
What is your most memorable business experience?
Saying goodbye to Hanna’s 30-year Executive Director, John Crews.
What is your greatest business success?
$15 million bond offering during the Great Recession that financed wonderful improvements on our campus.
What was your toughest business decision?
Taking two years away from Hanna to help care for my sick mother.
What would your friends be surprised to find out about you?
I’m actually a good cook.
Most admired businessperson outside the company: Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness. Burke Harris is a pioneer in the field of medicine, specifically her approach to addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, as a risk factor for adult diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
Current reading: “The Storied Life of AJ Fikry”
Most want to meet: Meryl Streep
Stress-relievers: Talking with my husband while walking the dog.
Favorite activities outside work: Hiking, travel, and family time.