Brooklyn Power 50: Cecilia Clarke, President and CEO, Brooklyn Community Foundation

In compiling a list of the borough’s leaders, we came up with so many local movers and shakers that it was hard to whittle down the list to a manageable number.

In this special issue, we recognize 50 people in the borough who are key players in the world of New York politics and government. Since we cover politicians on a day-to-day basis, we limited this list to those who are not strictly in government but instead influence it from the outside.

We reached out to insiders and experts to compile this list, ranking each person based on their accomplishments, sway in political and policy matters, economic clout, philanthropic efforts, ties to powerful politicians and the constituencies they represent.

Without further ado, we’re pleased to present the Brooklyn Power 50.


41. Cecilia Clarke
President and CEO
Brooklyn Community Foundation

Since she landed at the Brooklyn Community Foundation five years ago, Cecilia Clarke has nudged the venerable charity toward encouraging local social activism while recruiting a cross-section of philanthropists – without holding a major gala. She has held roundtables with experts, moved its headquarters to Crown Heights and distributed $5.4 million to nonprofit programs last year – $1.5 million more than the previous year. Much of that went to youth initiatives, helping the next generation of Brooklyn leaders fight for social change.