Lightning Round with Charles Clark, Lane County

Posted on October 15, 2012

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Charles Clark


Director of Strategic Innovations

Hatfield Resident Fellow

Lane County Administration


Favorite book of all-time:

Book that is on your nightstand right now:

The Last Romantic (Biography of Theodore Roosevelt)

(Fill in the blank) When you wake up in the morning, you are motivated by………

Uxoriousness as I am utterly smitten with my wife

If you ran for elected office, what position would you run for?

Governor of Oregon

Your best piece of career advice:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Your favorite social media outlet:


Which actor/actress would play you in a movie?

Matt Damon

What is the home page on your web browser?

The Economist

Biggest issue facing local government:

  • A society that undervalues public service
  • Lack of boldness

Two things that people will say about you at your retirement party:

  • Are he and his wife really riding horses along the Pacific Crest Trail for a five month retirement party?
  • “He never shirked, hedged, or protected himself…he took huge risks”

First concert that you ever attended:



Name three of your mentors:

  • My father, Dr. Terry Clark
  • Pastor Marty Barrett
  • Former U.S. Congressman Joe Schwarz

Who is at the dinner table if you could invite any three people (dead or alive)?

  • Winston Churchill
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Theodore Roosevelt

(Fill in the blank) Government….

Government at its best is summarized by this G.K. Chesterton quote:

“Men did not love Rome because she was great, Rome was great because they had loved her.”

(Fill in the blank) ELGL is ……..

Exciting to be a part of .

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