2017 IED Community Award
This amazing lady is an experienced and accomplished member of the United States House of Representatives – with nearly a decade of stellar service. First elected to Congress in 2006, she has worked tirelessly on progressive causes to improve the lives and opportunities of her constituents in Brooklyn’s Ninth Congressional District. She worked with her colleagues to ensure passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, the signature achievement of President Barack Obama’s historic presidency, which provided coverage for 96% of Americans.
Congresswoman Clark is a courageous woman with a keen vision that has improved thousands of people’s lives in the community. She then went on to support a series of successful economic stimulus bills that provided billions of federal dollars for job creation and lifted the economy out of the Great Recession.
During her five terms in Washington, D.C., congressional leaders recognized her transcendental mind and selected her to serve on multiple important committees, such as the Education and Homeland Security committees. She currently sits on the Energy, Commerce, Ethics and Small Business committees. Like a true solider, Yvette Clark went to war on poverty, narrowing income inequality, and she was, and remains, a champion for small businesses and Brooklyn homeowners. Congresswoman Clark introduced the Save Our Neighborhoods Act, granting homeowners facing foreclosure new legal rights so they could keep their homes.
A native of Brooklyn, the congressowman has been an unwavering champion for her home borough and has secured millions of dollars in federal funding for community institutions and nonprofits, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Brooklyn Public Library. So on this night it is befitting that we honor this unstoppable force of a woman with the 2017 IED Community Award.