Cheryl Lynn Clarke is Small Business Liaison Officer and Manager of Supplier Relations and Supplier Diversity for the Northeast Utilities system (NU), New Englandís largest energy delivery system with 6,100 employees and more than 2 million electricity and natural gas customers. She is responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of policies, programs and procedures for NUís Corporate Supplier Relations and Supplier Diversity Programs. She is also a Governor Jodi M. Rell conferee to serve a fourth term on the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.
In her tenure at NU, Commissioner Clarke has been responsible for all aspects of supplier development, including training and outreach. She currently manages NUís supplier relationships with a keen focus on maintaining the highest ethical and operating standards for service delivery, product controls and cost efficiency. She is responsible for the development and implementation of NUís corporate small business-subcontracting plan, evaluates, coordinates and monitors the development of programs and processes to improve NUís market position, and oversees NUís compliance with supplier relations and supplier diversity policies and procedures.
From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Commissioner Clarke joined NU in 1999. Prior to joining NU, Clarke served as a Call Center Manager for Southern New England Telephone (SNET) in Hamden, Bridgeport & West Hartford, CT. Before that, she served as the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Specialist at SNET where she developed and implemented equal employment and affirmative action policies, programs and action plans to support SNETís commitment to diversity.
Clarke has been widely recognized for her advocacy of diverse populations. She maintains a seat on the board of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (GNEMSDC), the Conference Boardís Supplier Diversity Leadership Council and the Regional Advisory Committee for Greater Springfield (MA). She was recently nominated for the Advocate of the Year Award by the GNEMSDC, an honor she has received on several occasions in recognition of her advocacy results.
Commissioner Clarke is an honored recipient of the U.S. Department of Laborís Exemplary Voluntary Efforts Award for her work with Vietnam Veterans. She received a Certificate of Appreciation for her support of the Cross Boarders Pre-Employment Program to train at risk youth, and the Special Achievement Award from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in recognition of her contribution to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the American worker. She was also recently seen on the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPTV) program, ďThe Power of Philanthropy,Ē as a charter member of a dining circle that funds charities to empower women worldwide.
Commissioner Clarke graduated from Albertus Magnus College, in New Haven, Connecticut, and resides in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.