Tanisha Clarke, MPH

Senior Program Manager

Tanisha Clarke, MPH

Tanisha Clarke serves as Senior Program Manager, Disability and Public Health, at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), under the supervision of the Senior Director of Public Health and Leadership. With over 16 years of experience being of service to underserved populations, she brings a great passion for empowering students and young adults from different backgrounds and cultures, enhancing access for all persons to opportunities for achieving their full potential, and addressing the root causes of health and educational disparities. 

Tanisha's responsibilities include management of capacity development activities and technical assistance for participating sites including: University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs), Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs, and public health partners, under a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). Other health promotion activities involve the creation of accessible health education information, support of coalitions, and training opportunities funded through foundation and other grant support.

Previously, Tanisha served as the Senior Program Manager on AUCD's UCEDD Technical Assistance Team, where she played a vital role in the development of the AUCD Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit. She also worked as the Program Planner Analyst for the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC), a UCEDD at the University of South Florida, where she was a UCEDD trainee. In 2015, Tanisha participated in the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence's Leadership Institute for Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence.

Tanisha earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of South Florida. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in both public health and general business administration.

Tanisha's areas of interest include:


  • Disparities
  • Health equity
  • Youth development and leadership
  • Cultural competence
  • Diversity and intersectionality