Clarissa graduated from Colgate in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese and a minor in Political Science. Immediately after graduating from Colgate, she began graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis where she received a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Arts in East Asian Studies: Chinese Language and History.
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Currently, Clarissa serves as the Supply Chain Counsel at Emerson, an American multinational corporation headquartered in Ferguson, Missouri. At Emerson, she helps manage a team of global supply chain attorneys and facilitates the procurement of goods and services between Emerson businesses and world-wide suppliers, ensuring that the transactions are legally compliant and in Emerson's best interest.
Clarissa remains passionate about Chinese Studies and considers herself to be a lifelong language student, insisting that there is always more to learn. She served as a speaker for the 2015 National Chinese Language Conference, is a contributor to the China Daily, and serves as a Chinese language and history resource for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She is also on the advisory board of Morningside PlayCare, a Chinese language immersion school in New York City.
She is active in both the Chicago and St. Louis communities. She is a mentor at Chicago Scholars, a non-profit that provides academic support to first generation college students and college-bound students. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Cultural Leadership, a social justice non-profit that promotes pluralism, empathy, and peace in the St. Louis community and beyond.
In addition to these activities, Clarissa remains active in the Colgate community by participating in programs such as SophoMORE Connections (sponsored by Colgate's Center for Career Services) and the Alumni Admission Program.
Clarissa resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband, Tushin ('10). She has been fortunate to share the Colgate experience with her brothers, Caden Polk ('12) and Charles Polk III ('16).