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Erik Clemons is the founding CEO and president of the Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology (CONNCAT), a nonprofit organization based on the model of Bill Strickland's National Center for Arts and Technology, which is dedicated to creating empowering arts-based educational environments for at-risk public school students, and training programs for under and unemployed adults. Erik has an extensive background in nonprofit management and organizational leadership. Prior to joining CONNCAT, Erik served as the Executive Director of Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), providing academic and social enrichment programs to children and youth between the ages of five and 23e. Erik is a course facilitator at Yale School of Management (Interpersonal Dynamics), Board Chair of Housing Authority of New Haven, a board member at Connecticut Voices for Children, and founding board member of the Elm City Montessori School in New Haven, CT. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University, and a M.A. in Theology and Ethics from Hartford Seminary. Erik and his wife, Sharon have four daughters, Kiara, Nyle, Nia, Kai. He is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.