F O U N D E R

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Claire enjoys introducing people & sharing urban ideas. It's her favorite thing.

And with two decades of experience activating spaces & bringing people together on tight budgets, she's gotten quite good at being scrappy & resourceful.

In Detroit, Claire opened three spaces—Bureau of Urban LivingModel D HQ and Urban Consulate—that helped boost the walkability & vibrancy of the neighborhood.

She also co-founded Open City & Declare Detroit to promote civic engagement & a stronger local economy. Both groups are still active today.

For five years, she served as publisher of Urban Innovation Exchange and Model D, where she profiled hundreds of urban innovators in Detroit & across the country. She organized dozens of civic programs, including IdeaLab, On the Ground, The Detroit Story & The Next Big Thing.

She also dabbled in design for Archive D.S. and Pure Detroit, two pioneers of local design, culture & indie retail. She designed a lot of community branding & city propaganda in the mid oughts, and served on advisory boards for initiatives like D:hive and Hatch Detroit.

 

Before moving to Detroit in 2002, Claire worked for Van Alen Institute and The Skyscraper Museum in New York City, and The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

At the Skyscraper Museum, she worked closely with the founding director to grow her pop-up exhibitions in Wall Street bank lobbies into a permanent space in Lower Manhattan. 

At Van Alen Institute, she helped coordinate the Creative Cities: Renewing New York conference just weeks after 9/11.

A Chicagoland native, Claire studied Architecture & Urbanism at Smith College & Columbia University's The Shape of Two Cities Program: New York/Paris. In 2014, she was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome

Her work has been featured in the book For the Love of Cities, and she's been a guest speaker at TEDxDetroit, Meeting of the Minds, Creative Cities Summit, Knight Cities Summit, Mackinac Policy Conference, Detroit Policy Conference and Municipal Michigan League.

An urban mut, Claire has lived in Harlem, Brooklyn, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, Soho, Dupont Circle, the Latin Quarter, the French Quarter & the Cass Corridor. She loves them all. But she's partial to the people of Detroit.

She currently splits her time between Detroit & New Orleans. She's married to this guy.


T A L K S

Change & The City (2016)

TEDxDetroit (2014)

Michigan Municipal League (2015)