Tanisha Clarke

Director of Research & Medical Programs

Tanisha is committed to driving sustainable impact by assisting organizations in meeting and exceeding their goals. She brings over 20 years of progressive professional experience managing critical programs at state and national levels. Tanisha leads the Research and Medical Programs department, managing a team of support personnel and working collaboratively with the senior leadership team and managers as well as with external Medical Advisory Board (MAB) members, Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members, and Center of Excellence (CofE) leaders.

Tanisha most recently served as the Principal Investigator and Program Director of AUCD’s National Center on Disability in Public Health. She managed national capacity-building initiatives focused on addressing health outcomes, reducing disparities, and influencing sustainable inclusion of people with disabilities in education, professional training, services, programs, resources, and health promotion and care. Before this, Tanisha served in various leadership roles, where she managed public health projects, directed technical assistance activities, and led efforts related to diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence. In addition, she was in the first cohort of participants in the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence’s Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence. Tanisha’s professional experience also includes over ten years in leadership at the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the University of South Florida.

Tanisha earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of South Florida, where she was an AUCD Trainee (FCIC/UCEDD). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in public health and general business administration.