Eunice Joshua Clarke is President and CEO of Clarke Executive Services Group LLC. With over 25 years of professional experience as a business owner, executive and administrator, Ms. Clarke founded Clarke (formerly The Executive Advantage Virtual), which was born from an idea she had many years ago.
After having many conversations with business owners and executives who complained about hiring employees and freelancers that were unreliable, under-trained and unprofessional, Ms. Clarke wanted to do something to help repair the reputation of support teams. She also wanted business owners and executives to understand that teams providing daily operational management is an important and necessary investment to businesses, rather than an unecessary or optional expense.
Having worked in several administrative and management positions herself, including training executives and team members and leading many teams throughout her career, Ms. Clarke intimately understands the need for great operational and team efficiency: “I thought I could service an industry that is always in need of well-trained, experienced and solution-driven professionals that can help business owners run their companies well. Business owners – especially established and in-transition companies that are growing fast – don’t have much time to really make sure the daily operations of their businesses or their teams are functionally optimally. So here we are, ready to help make that happen for them."
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Clarke grew up listening to jazz, seeing Mardi Gras, and pursuing dreams of a career in music. She sang in church and school choirs, competed in talent shows, and received awards and scholarships for her efforts. Ms. Clarke attended Loyola University – New Orleans (majored in Music and Business Administration), and worked dead-end jobs before deciding that it was time to move to Los Angeles.
Needing to make a living, Ms. Clarke was told by a friend that the quickest way to work in the entertainment business was to be an assistant. Not even being able to accurately type 20 words-per-minute, she was determined to learn…and learn she did. In no time, Ms. Clarke taught herself how to type well, honed her administrative and computer skills, and moved her way up the ranks of the administrative corporate ladder. She worked for presidents, executives, and owners of small and large businesses in film (20th Century Fox, Paramount, others), television (Aaron Spelling Entertainment, others), and music (The Gordy Company, KG Entertainment Group, others). Ms. Clarke also worked as an executive legal assistant for boutique entertainment law firms such as Bloom, Dekom & Hergott and Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy & Edel.
Ms. Clarke was Administrative Services Manager and Assistant to the Dean for two deans at the University of Southern California/USC Leventhal School of Accounting, lead to the School’s Administrative and financial services teams, and Editor and writer of the School’s only major publication at the time, Leventhal School News.
Throughout her career, Ms. Clarke trained executives and employees in administration, operations management, systems, infrastructure, policy and procedures, organizational design and team collaboration.
Currently, Ms. Clarke is pursuing an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana. She received her Master of Education (Administration and Student Affairs) degree from the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Arts degree (Humanities/emphasis in Sociology) from Loyola Marymount University.
Ms. Clarke is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the National Small Business Association (NSBA) and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Ms. Clarke was Director of Marketing for the International Virtual Assistants Association, Public Relations Director for USC’s Women in Management, Mentor to high school students through the USC I AM Mentoring Program at USC, and has been on several committees and advisory boards for education and administration.