Claire joined our staff in January 2017. As the Communications Director, she leads the Conservancy’s storytelling and marketing efforts including digital and print media. She also manages community partnerships and plans engagement initiatives like Earth Week. Claire co-led a workshop on how to create a multi-channel communications campaign at the 2018 Land Trust Alliance Rally.
Claire has 10 years of experience working in communications and project management roles in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Before joining the Conservancy team, Claire worked as the Program Coordinator at the Great Lakes water policy center FLOW (For Love of Water). Her experience also includes editorial project management at McGraw-Hill Publishing in Chicago, and two terms as an AmeriCorps volunteer working on conservation projects on the Au Sable River and across Northeast Michigan. During her AmeriCorps service, Claire continued to work as a freelance editor with McGraw-Hill and wrote for several northeast Michigan newspapers. She graduated from Michigan State University, where she studied political science and French, and spent a semester abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Claire grew up in Lansing and has lived in northern Michigan for the past seven years. She fell in love with Leelanau as a kid, when she camped at the Sleeping Bear Dunes or the Manitou Islands with her family each summer. In her free time, Claire loves practicing yoga and spending time outdoors rock hunting, hiking, skiing, and paddling with her husband, Paul and rescue dog, Izzy.