Claire is a language and culture enthusiast who has been living in Brussels, Belgium and getting her Masters in International Relations and Political Strategy for the past year. Being in the capital of the European Union, Claire spends her time honing her ear and tongue in Belgian French, consuming obscene amounts of pomme frites out of paper cones, eating bags of some of the most delectable chocolate in the world and washing it all down with La Chouffe, her favorite Belgian Blonde beer.
She hopes to eventually work in a multinational consultancy managing public relations and strategic
communications for political candidates and campaigns in Europe, to promote policy change for a greener future.
A (classic) middle child, Claire was born in Manhattan and grew up across the Hudson River in Frank Sinatra's hometown, Hoboken. For college, she nearly froze to death in Ithaca, New York, but loved the nature and gorges so much she spent multiple summers hanging out on Cayuga Lake and attending GrassRoots Music Festival. After graduating she spent four years living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, studying el castellano rioplatense, crushing steaks and red wine every night of the week, being photographed all over South America with llamas and coatis and working at a boutique recruitment firm with advertising agencies all over the world. After quitting her job and backpacking through the continent for several months, in 2016 she returned to New York to live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and worked at a global advertising agency in recruitment.
When she isn't nose-deep in academic journals or sitting in an armchair pondering existentialism and political philosophy, she can be found running in Parc du Cinquantenaire, browsing used bookstores and vintage shops, smashing huge cappuccinos with cinnamon on top, checking out museums and
photography galleries, writing in her journal, going to see live music of all kinds, dancing salsa,
making herself laugh, traveling and playing football (ahem, soccer). She is intrigued by thoughtful design, fashion, NPR, psychographics, people, conversation, the ‘70s in general, iced coffee (in every season), making lists, checking off aforementioned lists, pondering the situations proposed in the NYTimes' Ethicist column, peppering/saucing/condimenting her food aggressively and keeping track of the moon. She also has a brilliant toddler niece who keeps her endlessly entertained through FaceTime. Claire’s current motto is: I can and I will.