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Sabrina Clark, Ph. D.

Director, Center for Development and Civic Engagement
Sabrina Clark was appointed Director of VA Voluntary Service (VAVS), now the Center for Development and Civic Engagement (CDCE), on September 23, 2013. As the largest integrated volunteer program in the Federal government, with more than 7,400 national and community organizations, Dr. Clark leads a dynamic corps of Volunteer Resource Professionals, who managed approximately 61,000 volunteers, serving more than 9.1 million hours and donations totaling more than $98 million in 2019.  During VA’s first Summer of Service initiative in 2015, Ms. Clark led a campaign that saw 131,000 volunteers serving Veterans.

As CDCE has expanded its care of Veteran patients into the community, volunteers have continued to be involved. Dr. Clark has worked to strategically integrate volunteers and community partners into critical programs, such as those for homeless and female Veterans, Vet Centers, hospice and palliative care, as well caregiver respite services and telehealth. In addition to Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Dr. Clark has been working to expand this support across the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In addition to the individual volunteers that enhance the Veteran experience across VA facilities, Dr. Clark is the Designated Federal Officer and Chairperson for VA’s federally chartered National Advisory Committee. In this role, she organizes 55 national Veteran, civic, and service organizations that support VAVS through their volunteer service and charitable donations. She serves on a number of task forces, workgroups, and subcommittees within VA in areas focusing on Intimate Partner Violence, Whole Health, and Strategic Partnerships, including the newly formed Suicide Prevention Consortium. Her contribution to these groups allows VA to foster and build community alliances to enhance and expand its programs and services for Veterans.

Prior to this appointment, Sabrina served as a Learning Consultant with VA Learning University from 2005-2013, developing enterprise-wide leadership programs at all levels. With this tremendous background, Ms. Clark led the redesign of VA’s training academy for volunteer administrators and facilitated the credentialing of VAVS personnel through the American Hospital Association. She served as faculty and assisted in writing the Principles of Volunteer Management training manual for the American Hospital Association’s professional society devoted to excellence in healthcare volunteer management, and currently serves as faculty for the Brookings Institution, from where she earned her Certificate in Public Leadership.

Dr. Clark maintains an active music and recital career, possessing a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy and master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Ohio University. Additionally, she is a member of National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), a Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services (CAVS), an International Coaching Federation (ICF)-certified Executive Coach, a Franklin Covey facilitator, and holds a PhD in Positive Neuropsychology.

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