Claire Wood - The Leelanau Conservancy

Claire Wood - Communications Director

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Claire joined our staff as the Community Engagement Coordinator in January 2017 and transitioned to the Communications Director in 2020. As the Communications Director, she oversees the Conservancy’s outreach efforts. Claire leads our marketing strategy, manages our digital and print media, fosters community partnerships, and plans engagement initiatives like Earth Week.

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 work at McGraw-Hill Publishing in Chicago and two terms of AmeriCorps service as a storyteller and conservationist on the Au Sable River. She graduated from Michigan State University, where she studied political science and French. Claire attended the Sorbonne in Paris, France her sophomore year of college.

Claire is based in Traverse City and loves everything about living so close to the water. She fell in love with Leelanau when she camped at the Sleeping Bear Dunes or visited the Manitou Islands with her family each summer. In her free time, you can find her reading, practicing yoga, or spending time outdoors walking the beach, skiing, and paddling.