The Arc Westchester Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director, Names Deputy Executive Director
Westchester County, N.Y. (October 13, 2023) – The Arc Westchester Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing public awareness and raising financial resources to support The Arc Westchester’s programs and services for people with developmental disabilities, today announced that it has appointed Barry Clark of Mount Vernon as Executive Director and promoted Fran Higgins to Deputy Executive Director.
“I am beyond excited and honored to be joining The Arc Westchester Foundation. As the father of a five-year-old with special needs, I recognize the paramount importance of organizations like The Arc in the well-being of people with developmental disabilities,” Clark said. “There was a time in our history when such resources were non-existent. Through the goodness of organizations like The Arc, and the generous benefactors who support them, the people we serve can have a future filled with promise and achievement.”
Prior to joining The Arc Westchester Foundation, Clark served 14-years with the Dominican Friars Foundation, most recently serving as Chief Development Officer. He holds a BS in Biology from Indiana University and an MBA in Accounting from Baruch College. Clark is also a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Bronxville Adult School.
Higgins has been with The Arc Westchester since 1993. She began her fundraising career as a Development Associate and is now Deputy Executive Director of The Arc Westchester Foundation. Prior to working at The Arc Westchester, she was with The Advertising Club of Greater Boston and The Public Relations Society of America. Higgins is an active member of The Amazon Beach Association’s Board of Directors in Mohegan Lake, NY, a past president of The Association of Development Officers and past board member of the Lakeland Education Foundation. She is a 2019 Leadership Westchester graduate. She holds a BA in Psychology from Oneonta University.
The Arc Westchester Foundation is an independent corporation, created to raise funds on behalf of The Arc Westchester. Since many of the nonprofit’s most innovative services receive little or no public funding, and government budgets are subject to change, the Foundation attends to the long-term fiscal health of The Arc Westchester. To learn more about The Arc Westchester Foundation, visit www.arcwestchester.org.
About The Arc Westchester
The Arc Westchester, founded in 1949, is the largest agency of its kind in Westchester County, and a leader in supporting children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families. The organization’s 700 employees provide more than 2,000 individuals throughout the county with a broad range of innovative and effective programs and services designed to foster independence, productivity and participation in community life. The Arc Westchester is a chapter of The Arc USA and The Arc New York.