“At the heart of true leadership is mentoring and giving back.”
Dwayne J. Clark, Founder, CEO & Chairman
Dwayne J. Clark is Aegis Living’s Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board. With more than 35 years of senior housing experience, Dwayne is nationally known for redefining the industry – from innovative, programmatic design of senior living communities to novel approaches to employee engagement and retention.
When Dwayne founded Aegis Living in 1997, he recognized an industry that had great potential and intentions but was ultimately failing older adults. He coupled his personal experience with best practices from world-class companies such as Costco, Nordstrom, and Starbucks to create a new model for senior assisted living centered on helping residents live life to the fullest. He grew Aegis Living from a concept to a company that now has 2,600 staff members, 36 communities, and a number of additional properties in development. Through his leadership, Aegis Living has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, focused on the latest science and medical research to shape the future of senior resident care.
Aegis Living and Dwayne have been recognized with dozens of awards and honors over the past 24 years. Most recently, Dwayne was named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2021 Power 100 list of top business leaders in the Puget Sound region and received the Sound Generations Lifetime Achievement award.
Dwayne has also made his mark as a longevity expert and best-selling author of the book 30 Summers More. He is the founder of True Productions and is currently creating a film based on a book written about his mother and her journey with Alzheimer’s called My Mother, My Son.
Dwayne came from humble beginnings and remains
dedicated to helping others. In 2020, the Clark Family Foundation and Aegis Living established Seattle Seniors Strong – an initiative that has raised over $300,000 to provide resources for homeless and homebound seniors during the global health crisis. Aegis Living has also dedicated $1 million to seniors facing homelessness in the Seattle area through the Plymouth Housing PROOF campaign. Further, Dwayne supports more than 70 local and global charities and has founded five of his own, including the Potato Soup Foundation, the Queen Bee Cafes, the D-One Foundation, the Clark Family Foundation, and the March for Civility. More information can be found at www.dwaynejclark.com.