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