UPMC’s Associate Chief Legal Officer Receives Diversity and Inclusion Award

By: Nikki Cronin

Andrea Clark Smith, associate chief legal officer and senior vice president of employment, labor, and physician contracting at UPMC, was recently honored with Pennsylvania Women Work‘s Diversity and Inclusion Award at the Circle of Hope awards dinner. 

Clark Smith has actively promoted inclusion in the workforce, serving as an executive co-sponsor for the UPMC Employees of Color Employee Resource Group for employees of color and their allies throughout the Corporate Services Division of UPMC, and co-founding the UPMC Legal Department’s Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion Council. 

Andrea Clark Smith, photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Women Work

Clark Smith is a leader in the community as well. She has held various leadership roles within local groups that champion inclusion and diversity, including Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition, Literacy Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Bar Association‘s Minority and Women Lawyers Business Development Forum. Recently, she became board chair of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, an organization dedicated to equity and economic self-sufficiency for marginalized people in the greater Pittsburgh area. 

Pennsylvania Women Work is a nonprofit organization that aims to help people achieve financial stability through providing women with career development opportunities and mentorship. The organization’s board of directors is led by Leslye Herrmann, senior associate counsel for UPMC Corporate Services, who presented the award to Clark Smith. Several of Clark Smith’s teammates also attended the awards ceremony to support her. 

“Andrea is a visible and effective leader in promoting and implementing practices that support diversity and inclusion at UPMC,” Herrmann said. “She also consistently volunteers her time, participates in a wide range of efforts, and even creates new groups and coalitions to assist in developing a more inclusive workforce, not just at UPMC, but across our entire community.” 

Andrea Clark Smith has been at UPMC since 2013.