Terra Bonds Clark Joins Bainum Family Foundation as Senior Director, Early Learning

Bethesda, Maryland (March 27, 2018) — Reflecting the Bainum Family Foundation’s commitment to improving the quality and availability of resources for children living in poverty, Terra Bonds Clark has joined the Foundation as Senior Director, Early Learning. She will lead the Foundation’s Early Learning work, which includes investments in early childhood in the District of Columbia’s Wards 7 and 8.

Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Bonds Clark served as Chief Learning Officer for Child Care Aware of America, where she oversaw knowledge management and professional development for early learning professionals nationally. Before that, Bonds Clark spent 14 years with ZERO TO THREE, serving as Director of Special Initiatives for the Early Head Start National Resource Center and as Project Director for the National Training Institute. She also served as a National Head Start Fellow in 2000-2001.

“Our Early Learning work is informed by the developmental science, which shows the majority of brain growth occurs during a child’s first 1,000 days, laying the foundation for all future learning, behavior and health,” says Barbara Bainum, Chair of the Board, CEO and President of the Bainum Family Foundation. “Because of this, our work focuses on strengthening and connecting the systems that serve and support children and families.”

“Terra has worked extensively at local, state, regional and national levels,” she adds. “We are excited to welcome her expertise in professional development, technical assistance and resource development in early childhood systems. Her strategic thinking and steadfast dedication to helping children and families will be great assets for our team as we move our mission forward.”

Bonds Clark holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Bainum Family Foundation combines proven expertise with a passion for supporting the whole child by providing integrated services to help them thrive. Our circle of collaboration includes investments and support in early learning, wrap-around services and knowledge building. Founded in 1968 by Stewart and Jane Bainum, the Foundation was established to help underserved children exit poverty through high-quality educational programs and services. For more information, visit bainumfdn.org.


Ann Egan
Senior Director of Communications