A passionate advocate for social and economic justice, Claire loves working in communications so much, she regularly volunteers and seeks out volunteer opportunities in the field after work hours.
Claire began her career as many other Type A personalities do: through a high school internship. After shadowing her hometown hospital’s public relations director and taking on as many projects as the internship program would allow, she knew she had found her field. Claire's feminist “click” happened shortly after as she stood on stage as a MVP finalist at the FIRST Robotics Regional, and realized she was the only woman nominated for the award out of over 60 teams. She immediately began recruiting young girls to try their hand at engineering and computer science through a fun comic book series, articles in the local paper, and events with local Girl Scout troops.
Ever since then, Claire has remained curious, seeking opportunities to both increase her knowledge about communications strategy and social justice issues, while continuing to speak out against injustices at every turn. Through her stint revitalizing her college newspaper as editor-in-chief, intellectually stimulating communications work at Burness Communications and Catholics for Choice, hands-on classes at Johns Hopkins University in political and digital communications, and giving back through meaningful volunteer experiences at organizations that share her progressive values, she constantly strives to learn and grow so she can best serve others and make real change in the world.
In the infamous Buzzfeed style.
1. Her roommate is a teeny tiny black cat who rules the roost.
2. She owns over 1,000 physical books.
3. She is from Connecticut and lived in Salt Lake City for a summer and winter, but yet didn't go skiing until February 2014. Needless to say, she was the oldest person on the bunny slopes.
4. Her alma mater's mascot is a camel. Since the college is in Connecticut and this mascot defies all logic, of course she has about 40 camel-related objects.
5. She hates tomatoes with a passion. But they're sometimes OK on pizza.
6. She took ballet classes for 14 years, but often struggled to keep a straight face. Case in point:
7. She saw what was inside R2-D2. It was delicious.