Claudia earned her M.A. in Sociology with a focus on Women’s Studies from the Technical University Berlin in Germany. She has over 15 years of leadership experience in international education, various non-profit organizations and start-ups. As a major part of her career, Claudia collaborated with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) on facilitating cultural exchange programs for 15,000+ high school students from the U.S. and over 60 countries across the globe. Intent on contributing to improving peoples’ lives in her SF Bay Area community, Claudia dedicated part of her career to workforce development, pursuing partnerships with nine major U.S. banks, and creating career pathways into financial services for professionals from underrepresented communities. Additional professional accomplishments include the incubation and launch of mentorship programs for high-potential young leaders, and strategic partnership development for an online college offering automation-resistant skill-development.
In 2020 Claudia joined UC Berkeley as Program Manager for the Institute of International Studies (IIS) and the Center on the Politics of Development (CPD). In collaboration with IIS and CPD Directors, Claudia develops and manages programs and events, is responsible for fiscal and grant administration, and participates in the development of short and long-term strategic vision and planning for both Centers.