Clark Gilman and his wife Marilyn live and raised their three children on the West Side. Clark worked for the Carpenter's Union as an organizer, a researcher, and communications editor. He worked as a clean energy advocate for Climate Solutions, and a labor educator at The Evergreen State College Labor Education and Research Center. As a young man he worked as a soda jerk, warehouse worker, carpenter, research analyst, and organic farm inspector.
Clark currently splits his time between work as a paraeducator at South Sound High School and as a member of Olympia's City Council. He is also regularly seen at community events playing Hawaiian music with friends. He is an avid bicycle, bus, and walking commuter.
As a member of Olympia's City Council, Clark serves on the Land Use and Environment and General Government Committees. He represents the City on the Intercity Transit Authority Board and the Transportation Policy Board of Thurston Regional Planning Council. He is a member of Carpenter's Local Union 129 UBCJA, North Thurston Paraeducators Association - WEA, and the congregation of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).