Timothy B. Clark
(1992) – Timothy Clark and his colleagues have built Government Executive Magazine into a key communications medium for people at senior levels in the federal government. The magazine serves this audience much as Business Week, Fortune and Forbes serve their audiences in the private sector. Clark has spent his career in journalism studying and writing about government. He is a founder of National Journal, the preeminent weekly magazine on politics and government. In the mid-70s, he founded Empire State Report, a monthly magazine about politics and government in New York. He took over Government Executive in 1987. It is part of National Journal Group, which is owned by David Bradley’s Atlantic Media Company.
During his tenure at Government Executive, Clark founded the annual Excellence in Government Conference, and various awards programs, including the Service to America Medals program now run by the Partnership for Public Service. He is moderator of Government Executive’s Leadership Breakfast series, whose guests in 2007 included Comptroller General David Walker and four members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He is a member, and former National Capital Area Chapter president, of the American Society for Public Administration, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and a principal in the Council for Excellence in Government. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the George Washington University’s School of Public Policy and Public Administration and the National Industries for the Blind. In 2000, the Association of Government Accountants honored him with a special award recognizing him as one of two-dozen people in the country who have contributed the most to enhancing government accountability during the past 50 years. In 2006, Clark was chosen to participate in the Defense Department’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, which organized a one-week, 17,000-mile trip to observe military operations in the CENTCOM region.
Clark has a long-standing and keen interest in the federal budget. He covered budget and appropriations issues for Congressional Quarterly in the late 1960s and for National Journal in the 1980s, and he has watched and written about the budget trends during his tenure at Government Executive. The magazine’s February 2005 cover story was devoted to the nation’s fiscal future. As President of Government Executive Group until December 2007, he has been a key figure in positioning the magazine and marketing its services to constituencies in government and in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.