Claire spent 25 years working for the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), specializing in early education and family involvement. Prior to working for the PSESD, Claire taught pregnant and parenting teens at Mt. Tahoma High School and worked as a senior grants and contracts manager for a City of Seattle teen parenting program. Claire has also worked as a nutrition educator and ran the WIC program in rural Montana following graduate school.

Claire has extensive volunteer experience in South King County including PTA, Citizens for Federal Way Schools, the Building Better Futures Board in Kent, the Advisory Board of the Washington Family Engagement Trust, and the Board of Directors for The Sidekick Collective.

Claire proudly identifies as a lesbian woman and mother. She has a daughter that is a senior in high school, and a son attending Western Washington University. She is a Washington State-native, grew up in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High and Washington State University.  She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Now a long-term resident of the 30th LD, Claire has lived in South King County since 1999.