July 14, 2008
CLARK COLLEGE'S NEW GRANTS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR PROMOTES STUDENT SUCCESS
Director of Grants Development Shelley Das provides leadership
in acquiring grants to support college programs and student success
VANCOUVER, Wash. – With a strong background in working with business, government and non-profit organizations, Shelley Das has been named Director of Grants Development at Clark College.
Das, who earned a Master’s degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, previously served as Executive Director of the National Visible Minority Council on Labour Force Development, National Representative and Researcher for the Canadian Labour Congress (the Canadian equivalent of the AFL-CIO), Developmental Program Officer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada (one of Canada’s largest public sector unions), Consultant for Women’s Health in Women’s Hands and Executive Director for the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada. Since 2007, Das has served as a Public Policy Advocate for YWCA Clark County.
Das has more than 15 years of experience in developing grant proposals, research, policy analysis, project management and program development related to labor force development, skills integration, immigrants, women, diversity, human rights and social/cultural issues. Her responsibilities included diversifying funding sources to increase revenue.
Das, who resides in Vancouver, notes, “I welcome the opportunity to work in the education sector. Education is among the most basic individual rights to live a vibrant and productive life. I am delighted to join the Clark College and I am committed to making a difference in the lives of our students and our community.”
According to Clark College President Robert K. Knight, “As our new Director of Grants Development, Shelley Das will provide leadership, coordination and technical assistance for grants development throughout the college. She’ll collaborate with faculty and staff, the Clark College Foundation, employers, and our community partners to develop and acquire federal, state, local and private sector grants to develop programs and support our students.”
Knight added, “Grants provide an important resource for the college to develop innovative projects and promote student success. Funding from grants allows us to achieve that margin of excellence we seek for all of our students."
During 2007-2008, Clark College obtained grants worth over $3 million in support of college programs and student success. The grant dollars came as a result of a college-wide effort to increase grant support through the college's Office of Planning and Advancement.