20/20 Bipartisan Research Institute Junior Fellow, 2017
Autumn Clarke hails from Yonkers, New York and is currently a program assistant for Brookings Executive Education at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Autumn entered college in the wake of the devastating outcome of the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases. Through the tense emotions and frustration, Autumn found her call to action. While at American University, she learned to be a student activist and promoted community relationships by co-founding a mentorship program for women of color and served as a leader in her school’s chapter of the National Black Law Student Association. During her undergraduate career, Autumn interned at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development where she worked on projects relating to distance education, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation and guidance, and President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative set to help young boys of color overcome barriers and provide access to opportunities with the aid of civic leaders. Autumn has been featured in the American University student newspaper, The Eagle, about her internship at the Embassy of Australia and her study abroad experience at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Autumn stands as a proud alumna of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leaders program where she served as a legislative intern in the Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. While there she served as a critical team member and proposed original pieces of legislation. Autumn has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in policy from American University in Washington, DC. Autumn continues to advocate for inclusive and equitable policy that will positively impact the members of the African American community.