Bryant Clark, GrantWorks Disaster Recovery Program Manager
“I’m big on leaving a legacy… I’m big on setting a foundation for moral characteristics in place. Personally, I always want to grow in that area.”Bryant Clark, GrantWorks Disaster Recovery Program Manager
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Bryant Clark has been dedicated to disaster recovery for nearly twenty years. Having lived through some of Louisiana’s most impactful hurricanes, Bryant recognizes both the physical and emotional damage caused by these events. As such, he is passionate about helping his home state and benefiting the lives of others wherever he can. Bryant is a Disaster Recovery Project Manager at GrantWorks, and we are proud to call him a member of our team!
Bryant notes that his first memory of being impacted by a storm was Hurricane Andrew, which made landfall in Louisiana in 1992. It was then that Bryant understood the real-life effects of these natural disasters. He became personally involved in disaster relief in 2005 when he began working as a Property Evaluator for FEMA and aided those affected by Hurricane Katrina. After that experience, Bryant continued to dedicate time to helping communities throughout Louisiana. When it came to supporting those in need, Bryant says, “Once I started, I never stopped.”
In 2013, Bryant began working as a Disaster Recovery Specialist with Baton Rouge’s Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit where he worked with community organizations and FEMA to aid clients in their recovery. Moreover, Bryant was able to use his degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies to help families overcome the trauma of these natural disasters.
From 2016 to 2017, Bryant worked in Case Management where he continued to aid homeowners in need of disaster recovery resources. Before joining GrantWorks, Bryant worked for the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and then later as a HOME Program Manager at the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority. He became a Project Manager with GrantWorks in 2021, and he now provides project management and consultative support services to the Texas General Land Office (GLO) for various disaster recovery projects.
When asked about Black History Month, Bryant explains how important it is to him to recognize his family’s history and the change needed in this world. “I live in my blackness every day. I thrive in my blackness every day.”
“I’m African American, I am a Man, a Husband, a Father, a Brother, and a Son. I am the descendants of Harriet’s triumph’s, Martin’s struggles, and Malcom’s losses. I carry the weight of being black in today’s America. I believe I’m Black History in the making.”Bryant Clark, GrantWorks Disaster Recovery Program Manager
To Bryant, Black History Month involves learning something new that he didn’t know before and recognizing the impact the Black community has had on our country. “I’m African American, I am a Man, a Husband, a Father, a Brother, and a Son. I am the descendants of Harriet’s triumph’s, Martin’s struggles, and Malcom’s losses. I carry the weight of being black in today’s America. I believe I’m Black History in the making.”
Certifications & Education
- Bachelor of Science, Recreational Therapy | University of Baton Rouge | 2004
- FEMA IS and ISP | 2018
- GOHSEP Training | 2018
- Member, NDCA | 2019
- Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. | 2015