Shawn’s mother, Ellen Clark, was diagnosed with Retinal Vasculopathy and Cerebral Leukodystrophy in 2005. After his mother passed away, Shawn was determined to work with a team of scientists to find a cure for RVCL. Through their efforts, the gene mutation that occurs in the TREX1 gene was identified, paving the way to cure RVCL. Shawn founded The Clayco Foundation to raise RVCL awareness, provide educational tools, share research information, highlight active clinical trials, and more. Shawn also created Illumination, an annual Halloween Gala in Chicago, which has raised over $5 million to this lifesaving mission.
In addition to The Clayco Foundation, Shawn Clark serves as President of CRG. With over a decade in the commercial real estate industry, Shawn is responsible for providing strategic direction of the company and managing day-to-day operations. In addition, Shawn maintains an active role in deal structuring, fund and project level financing activities, development management, and asset management. Shawn earned his Master’s degree in Real Estate Finance from DePaul University and his Bachelor’s degree in Construction Science and Management from Clemson University.