Claire joined our staff in January 2017. As the Communications Manager, she helps to tell the Conservancy’s story and manages marketing efforts including digital and print media. She also watches over our volunteer program and is responsible for planning events and 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 eight years of experience working in communications and project management roles in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Most recently, Claire was the Program Coordinator for the Traverse City-based Great Lakes policy nonprofit FLOW (For Love of Water). Along with administrative duties, she managed FLOW’s communications and outreach efforts. Her experience also includes editorial project management at McGraw-Hill Publishing in Chicago, and two terms as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Claire assisted Trout Unlimited, the Au Sable River Watershed Committee, and Huron Pines in communications, outreach, and on-the-ground conservation projects. Throughout 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. She spent a semester studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Claire grew up in Lansing and has lived in northern Michigan for the past five 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 or spending time outdoors rock hunting, hiking, skiing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding with her husband, Paul and rescue dog, Izzy.