Director of Communications
Clarissa Goodlett is a communications professional with a passion for racial justice, equity, and advocacy work. As the Director of Communications at MDC, she develops and leads MDC’s communication and brand strategy – implementing campaigns and strategies to highlight MDC’s work through various broadcast, print, and digital channels.
Prior to joining MDC, Clarissa was the Director of Communications at Preservation North Carolina—a nationally recognized pioneer in historic preservation. She has worked in a variety of organizing and communications positions in higher education, government, and politics—including the Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC Chapel Hill, U.S. presidential and senate campaigns, and the North Carolina Governor’s Office. An activist at heart, Clarissa held roles in community outreach and political advocacy at several non-profit organizations. She was part of the founding team at ColorofChange.org—the country’s leading online racial justice organization.
Before stepping into politics, Clarissa worked as an engineer for an information technology consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently serves on the City of Raleigh’s Historic Resources and Museums Advisory Board and the board of the ACLU of North Carolina.
Having lived in over 12 cities and 9 states across the US, Clarissa is proud to call Raleigh, North Carolina home.