Lloyd reflects on passing of GOP fundraiser

Former San Ramon Valley Assembly Republican candidate Judy Lloyd, who runs her own campaign consulting firm, Altamont Strategies, sent me this personal essay about the Jan. 1 death of prominent Bay Area GOP fundraiser, Jane Clark.

Bay Area Republicans are saddened at the loss of one of our most dynamic Republican fundraisers, Jane Clark this New Year’s Day.  Reports are that Jane had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer just a week before.  At first the prognosis was for aggressive chemotherapy then the tragic news that Jane only had one week to live.  Sadly, Jane passed on New Year’s Day, with Bruce McPherson, the former Secretary of State, her friend and former client, at her side as well as her dear friend Anne Appleman.

I had many opportunities to work with Jane during various campaign efforts and through my role as the Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Club of Northern California.

Jane had been a great friend and trustworthy colleague for many in state politics.  She helped national, Bay Area and Central Valley Republicans including Bruce McPherson, Jeff Denham, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Jim Cunneen, Dick Rainey, Guy Houston, and most recently Carly Fiorina.  She also had several non-profit clients who adored working with her and for whom she showed great passion.

Everyone who knew Jane Clark appreciated her sense of humor, honesty and loyalty.  Jane was a popular speaker for the Lincoln Club of Northern California and other Republican organizations.

Jane became a mentor and friend to me when I ran for Assembly in 2008.  She opened doors and paved the way for me to build a meaningful coalition with business leaders who remain my friends today. She taught me how to build lasting relationships, develop successful fundraising campaigns, what to do and what not to do in the business.  I remember one strenuous day of five hours of phone calls for an event.  At the end, we just looked at each other, exhausted, realizing we had made our goals and said “OK – we did it.  See you the same time tomorrow, right?”

I talked with Jane just a few weeks ago.  She asked me to talk with Carly Fiorina and sign on to co-host a fundraiser for her.  I remember telling Jane that I’d do just about anything she asked of me.  We were colleagues with the same passion for the business of fundraising, but more than that, we were friends.

Jane Clark approached her life’s passion of raising money for causes she loved with style, grace, resolve, honesty and ability.  She truly believed in helping Republicans succeed, chose her clients carefully, and went out of her way for each one of them.  She will absolutely be missed by all who had the opportunity to know her.

Judy Lloyd, president, Altamont Strategies

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Very sad news and a reminder to all of us how precious life is.

  • I too am very saddened by the news. I tried contacting Jane for two weeks without any response from her. When I finally made contact with Jane on Monday, December 28, Jane disclosed to me she was ill but getting better every day. She did not disclose to me her illness until the following day, Tuesday, December 29, when she told me that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer but seemed to be recovering from an operation but disclosed they found an inoperable tumor in her stomach. “The prognosis was good” she told me and that she would be starting chemo the following day.
    She sounded strong, positive and upbeat as normal, I asked if there was anything I could do and she said “just continue to hire me for projects when I get out of here.” She also said that she was not ready to see anyone and only tell those people who asked about her.
    I was shocked when I learned two very short days later, on New Year’s Eve, that her doctor gave her only one week to live. And devastated when I learned she had passed away on Friday early afternoon. I was unable to say good-bye and thank her for her friendship. I wish I could have been of more help to my friend.
    Jane and I met about five years ago. We worked on a number of projects. I loved Jane’s work ethic and her as a person…she always told me and the client exactly how things were going to be. I loved that about her. She was extremely effective. There was not a battle we did not win together.
    She will be forever missed. She and all of her family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers.