Claire joined our staff in January 2017. As the Communications Coordinator, she helps to tell the Conservancy’s stories. Claire also manages our volunteer program, and is responsible for creating new engagement initiatives in stewardship, communications, fund development and outreach.
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, including its website, social media and email marketing. Her experience also includes legal advocacy work with a social services nonprofit, 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. During this time, she also served on the Michigan Community Service Commission’s LeaderCorps panel to improve and expand national service. Throughout her AmeriCorps service, Claire continued to work as a freelance editor and project manager with McGraw-Hill and wrote for several northeast Michigan newspapers.
Claire grew up in Lansing and has lived in northern Michigan for about five years. She has loved Leelanau ever since childhood, when she camped at the Sleeping Bear Dunes or the Manitou Islands with her family each summer. In her free time, Claire loves spending time outdoors rock hunting, hiking, skiing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding with her husband, Paul and rescue dog, Izzy.