Dr. Patrina M. Clark

President and Founder

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Dr. Patrina Clark is a dynamic facilitator and speaker and a trusted advisor on a broad range of human and organizational performance challenges and has broad and deep expertise in human resource development, talent leadership strategies, and program and process improvement strategies. She has personally designed and delivered numerous leadership and human resources management training programs, including first-line supervisory training, change leadership, inclusion as an organizational imperative, effective communication skills for leaders, 360 feedback as a gift, leadership skills for team leaders, and labor and employee relations.

As the President and Founder of Pivotal Practices Consulting (Pivotal), Dr. Clark’s leadership has garnered the firm recognition as a top provider of exceptional services to government agencies. Recognition includes the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) 2017 Professional Services Firm of the Year, the Central Region National Minority Supplier Diversity Council’s Top 100 MBEs (Minority Business Enterprises), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) 2016 Small Business Achievement Award.

Before launching Pivotal, Dr. Clark performed with distinction for 25 years in five federal agencies – U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Federal Election Commission (FEC), Department of Navy, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Dr. Clark’s last federal position was Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) for GAO.  A career member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), Dr. Clark received numerous awards and commendations during her government career, including the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and a Hammer Award from the Partnership for Reinventing Government.

Since moving to the private sector, Dr. Clark has continued to receive recognition and accolades for her exemplary professionalism. In 2016, she received the SmartCEO Brava Award and was inducted in the Class of 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Awardees. In 2015, Dr. Clark was awarded the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce (PGCOC) Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was also a finalist for Business Woman of the Year Award.

Active in the federal community, Dr. Clark is the President of Executive Women in Government (EWG), Vice Chair of the Senior Executives Association (SEA) Professional Development League, and Vice Chancellor of the African American Federal Executives Association (AAFEA). Dr. Clark is the creator and moderator of the LinkedIn group “Public Service Excellence,” which has more than 4,000 members. She is a contributing author to the ATD Public Manager Journal. Dr. Clark also served as a Presidential Rank Award Board Member for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in 2014 and 2016. She is a member of Executive Women in Government (EWG).

Dr. Clark earned her doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning at The George Washington University. She has also completed graduate studies and programs at Harvard, Cornell, Georgetown, George Washington University and the University of Maryland. Dr. Clark is also an alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders programs.

Other professional affiliations and certifications include: Human Capital Institute Human Capital Strategist; HR Certification Institute Senior Professional in Human Resources; SHRM Senior Certified Professional; and Neuro Leadership Group Results Associate Certified Coach.


  • Career member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with 25 years of leadership responsibility for human resources and leader development in four agencies. Last federal position was the Chief Human Capital Officer for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where Dr. Clark provided consulting and advisory services to the agency’s Executive Committee in its strategic planning, succession planning, and talent management practices.

  • Highly sought after executive coach and facilitator for the most senior career federal executives and leaders. Dr. Clark personally facilitated dozens of strategic planning, team building, and off-site sessions and coached dozens of senior federal leaders at the highest levels of government over the last eight years. For example, she personally facilitated the annual leadership forum for the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for two consecutive years. Dr. Clark is recognized for her exceptional communication skills and ability to facilitate more collaborative and effective team dynamics for leaders at every organizational level.


  • Doctor of Education (Human and Organizational Learning) at The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

  • Master of Science in Management (MSM, Human Resources Development), University of Maryland


  • Results Certified Coach (RCC) by the NeuroLeadership Group since 2013. The NeuroLeadership Group coaching certification is an ICF-accredited coaching program that emphasizes the implications of neuroscience in attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. This brain-based approach to coaching provides a focus on the art of the possible and inspires and motivates leaders to direct their efforts in the pursuit of the probable.

  • SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) since 2013
  • Human Resources Institute – Human Capital Strategist since 2012
  • Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) – Senior Professional in Human Resources since 2008