Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
11th Congressional District of New York
Yvette D. Clarke is a Brooklyn native whose roots are firmly planted in her Jamaican heritage. A product of the New York City Public School System, Rep. Clarke received a scholarship to Oberlin College and was a recipient of the prestigious APPAH/Sloan Fellowship in Public Policy and Policy Analysis.
Rep. Clarke served as the first Director of Business Development for the Bronx Empowerment Zone where she administered the $51 million budget that resulted in the revitalization and economic development of the south Bronx.
Rep. Clarke was elected to the New York City Council in November 2001 as the representative for the 40th District in Brooklyn. She was re-elected to office in November 2003 and November 2005. Clarke succeeded her pioneering mother, former City Councilmember, Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, making them the first mother-daughter succession in the history of the New York City Council.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times