James L. Clark is a veteran and co-founder of Boots on the Ground, an international nonprofit dedicated to empowering veterans and qualified civilians to provide in-field emergency and primary medical care in underserved areas of the world. Bringing over 15 years of humanitarian and military experience, Clark joins the Save A Live Advisory Board with a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
Clark has spent his entire life dedicated to the welfare of others, especially in times of crisis. After his first deployment to Haiti in the wake of a disastrous earthquake in 2010, he helped officially form Boots on the Ground. Two days after the earthquake hit Haiti, Clark arrived with a small group beating the US Army’s 82nd Airborne to Port-au-Prince, and immediately began providing medical care to injured survivors. Clark says his military experience helped lay the foundation for the work he now does as a humanitarian.
But getting to where Clark is now was no easy feat; eager to serve his country, he dropped out of high school to join the service in just his sophomore year. Fast forward since then, Clark has now graduated from numerous service schools, a police academy, flight school, attended law school, earned an MBA in 10 months from start to finish, and is the first American to graduate from the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, at the Royal Military College of Science in Shrivenham, England, with a Master of Science Degree in Global Security.
Through Boots on the Ground, Clark’s life mission is to help other veterans not only transition, but to succeed in life and pay it forward.