Meet Claire.

Claire is a passionate advocate for social and economic justice who believes communication can be a catalyst for real change in the world.

She started her professional career in social justice at Burness, a mission-driven communications firm that provides support to nonprofits and foundations worldwide. Her work focused on highlighting the social determinants of health--or how access to healthy foods, a safe neighborhood, and a living wage can affect health and wellbeing--for clients like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Association for County & City Health Officials (NACCHO), Public Health Law Research, and PolicyLink, as well as projects like the County Health Rankings

Since then, she has worked at Catholics for Choice, a small but mighty nonprofit at the forefront of national and international debates on the intersection of faith, women's health, and reproductive justice. As senior communications associate, she advances CFC's mission by pitching media, writing press releases and opeds, preparing spokespeople for interviews, and managing social media. In the past year, she has secured earned media in leading outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Salon, The Atlantic, CNN, USA Today, SalonMSNBC, Al Jazeera, Univision, Agence France-Presse, RTEReuters, Irish Times, and Forbes.

Outside of her day job, she constantly strives to learn and grow so she can best serve others and make real change in the world. Claire has volunteered for two years as communications director of the Women's Information Network (WIN), an organization dedicated to empowering young, pro-choice, Democratic women. There she has had the opportunity to flex her leadership skills by organizing large-scale events and managing a communications team, as well as practice the art of writing compelling email blasts (occasionally with Leslie Knope gifs).

Claire also regularly volunteers for groups with missions that she believes in, including Collective Action for Safe Spaces and the D.C. Abortion Fund. In 2012, she enjoyed supporting pro-choice candidates as an election fellow for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and spent weekends and nights before the election phonebanking and canvassing in Virginia and Ohio.

Claire received her B.A. in English and religious studies with a minor in art from Connecticut College and is working on her M.A. in strategic communications from Johns Hopkins University. She also has a copyediting certificate from the University of California - San Diego which makes her anxious about typos in her own writing.

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