Claire holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Development from Trent University and a Bachelor's of Education from York University and was trained as an adult educator at the Tatamagoughe Centre (Adult Education and Facilitation training) in Nova Scotia. She has spent time working in Honduras, Guatemala and Ecuador promoting women's economic independence, HIV/AIDS programming and engaging youth in their communities. Claire has worked with the Coalition for Gun Control, Ryerson University and in the Office of the late Hon. Jack Layton where she advocated for constituents, built and strengthened many relationships with diverse groups. She has been a strong advocate for youth participation in politics and community activism. Recently Claire has moved from the House of Commons to Queen's Park where she works for an Ontario MPP. She lives in Toronto with her son Cruz.