Carla Clanagan

Carla is an award-winning advocate, mentor and empowerment speaker. She is currently employed as the Program Director for Share. She obtained her Nursing Degree in 1994. She has 20 plus years in the healthcare industry and the last 17 years as a human service professional. Founder of a nonprofit called In His Eyes Outreach, where she encourages women to see themselves as God sees them. She empowers and works with women reentering the community from jails, shelters and alcohol /drug rehabilitation centers. She is a strong advocate and mentor for survivors of domestic violence and sex trafficking. Carla volunteer work includes the following, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Anti-trafficking Coalition, A member of the Board of Directors for The Laurel House and serves on the Cabrini College Domestic Violence Advisory Board. 

She received the KYW Gamechangers award, The Martha and Dale Willis humanitarian award and the YWCA’s Exceptional Women and Girls Coretta Scott King Community award amongst others. Carla has hosted several conferences teaching women to remove the mask and silence the inner scream. 

When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with her family, preferably at a warm southern beach, and if she can’t get to the beach, you can likely find her warming up with a blanket and a good book

What does power mean to you?

To me power is the ability to change the game (a system) in a way that creates momentum for a particular cause or belief.  It’s the strength to go against the norms and have a voice at the table. 

What excites you about the Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund?

What excites me about the Dr. Frank E. Boston Black Justice Fund is this fund is a unique opportunity for grassroot, black led organizations to begin to be recognized based on their work not their ability to meet the normal standards for grants.  It’s a think out of the box opportunity to meet the needs of the community by recognizing organizations that may be doing the work and not check off all the boxes.  My hope is that this is just the beginning for black led organizations to begin to actually be heard in a way that brings justice and ultimately liberation for black communities.