Ralph Clark has been leading SoundThinking (formerly ShotSpotter) since 2010 as President and CEO. Clark led the transformation of ShotSpotter to a SaaS-based business model, ultimately taking the company public in 2017. The company has since expanded to become a leading platform-based next-generation public safety solutions company engaged with over 250 public safety agencies globally.
Ralph has more than 30 years of corporate, financial and organizational leadership. Prior to SoundThinking, he was the President and CEO of GuardianEdge Technologies Inc. where he drove a successful exit with its acquisition by Symantec. Earlier in his career, he worked for IBM as a large systems marketing representative and manager. After business school, he served as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.
Ralph received the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of The Year (r) Award for Northern California and was recognized as a 2019 Most Admired CEO by the San Francisco Business Times.
Community service is a priority. He is a former board member and chair of Pacific Community Ventures, former board member and chair of the Oakland Boys and Girls Club, former trustee and Vice-Chair of the Oakland Museum of California, and former trustee of the American Conservatory Theater.
Ralph currently serves on the Board of Directors of TriNet (TNET), a leading public company PEO firm, where he chairs the Nomination and Governance Committee. He is also a Board member of Glowforge, a Seattle-based venture capital-backed connected 3D laser printing company. Additionally, Ralph serves on Harvard Business School’s California Advisory Board.
He holds a B.S. in economics from the University of the Pacific and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.