Cynthia Clark

Sustainability, Leadership

Cynthia E. Clark, PhD, is an internationally recognized corporate governance expert spanning multiple industries, including real estate, financial services, mutual funds, and community banking. She has served on several corporate boards and multiple committees, including audit and finance, nominating and governance, and disclosure committees. Throughout her career, Dr. Clark has focused on analysis of activism, ESG, public disclosures, and data privacy. She provides research insights on such high-profile projects as the Gender Diversity Index and the Census for Women Directors and Executive Officers. Dr. Clark has worked with multiple CEOs, C-suite executives, and boards of directors at myriad organizations, such as Cutter/Arthur D. Little, Choate, Hall & Stewart, KPMG, BDO, Morgan Stanley, State Street Corporation, the Hershey Trust Company, and Origin Bank.

She is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors; a member of the Society for Governance Professionals, the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics, and the Private Directors Association; and is active in 50/50 Women on Boards. Dr. Clark is a former bank executive overseeing mutual fund clients and served as a senior investment advisor for a securities firm in New York City. She is the author of three books: Giving Voice to Values in the Boardroom; Business & Society: Ethical, Legal, Digital Environments; and Trust Diffusion: How Creating Climates of Trust Influence Organizational Effectiveness. Dr. Clark has been published in top publications, such as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Journal of Business Ethics. She has been widely cited in the media on governance issues, including The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Institutional Investor, The Boston Globe, CNN, Forbes, and Reuters. She is the John. W. Poduska Professor of Governance at Bentley University. Dr. Clark earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a master’s degree from Northwestern University, and a PhD from Boston University. She can be reached at and