An alumnus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, Claire spent the summer of her junior year in college in Capetown, South Africa, working for an education non-profit. It was through this experience that she found her way to the non-profit sector, writing grants and communications materials for internationally focused non-profits in Seattle for two years upon graduating. She moved back to her hometown of Minneapolis, where she continued developing her grant writing and communications skills at a youth-development non-profit. When she isn’t in the office, you can find Claire at choir rehearsal, playing volleyball or badminton, lounging in a hammock around the lakes, walking her dog, or bargain hunting at flea markets!
Unlike a lot of my colleagues who are juggling many different types of tasks in a day, majority of my time is spent writing grants or communications copy for individual giving. When I am not writing, I am making edits to my writing, or working on grant attachments. I also help with eTapestry and Raiser’s Edge projects for some of our clients from time to time.
The best part of my job is the diverse pool of clients we work with. When I graduated from undergrad, I knew I wanted to work with mission driven organizations who give back to their communities. Working at JMA, I get to help multiple non-profits at the same time, which feels good.
I think the trust I have developed between my managers and co-workers is my proudest moment. JMA took a chance on me when they hired me two years ago and have helped steward my professional development ever since. I feel like I am now in a position where my managers have faith in my ability to deliver quality work, no matter what project they assign to me.
industrious, crafty, assertive
I minored in music in college and have been in choirs since 7th grade.
During college, I lived in Washington state and often spent my weekends hiking or backpacking in the mountains. After hiking all day, literally any food—crackers and cheese, trail mix, pasta—tastes like the best thing you’ve ever eaten. I would say most trail meals I’ve had are some of the best meals I’ve ever eaten because I was ravenous for most of them and they are well earned.