Claire Wengrod ‘15: From California to Washington, D.C.

Claire Wengrod, Class of 2015, just landed a new position as a legislative correspondent in Washington, D.C.! She’ll be working with Senator Heinrich’s Health, Education, and Energy teams. As a legislative correspondent, she’ll respond to constituents' inquiries, support the senator's initiatives, and take meetings with visiting constituents. 

Claire was first brought out to D.C. during the summer of 2018 when she interned for Senator Udall's office. Upon her graduation from Pitzer College in May of 2019, she officially made the move from California to D.C. to start working on Senator Heinrich's administrative team. On his team, she helped with office operations and oversaw the senator's internship program this past year. 

Claire always felt that working in public service was the best way to give back to her community. “After my interest in public policy became more honed,” Claire explained, “I decided that being able to advocate for New Mexico in federal policy was the most valuable way that I could be of service and make sure that New Mexico is always moving forward.” 

Claire earned an honors degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish from Pitzer College. In college, she was involved in student government and worked for the Office of Advancement. During her fall 2017 semester, she studied abroad in Ecuador. Though she hasn’t made any plans yet, Claire is considering going back to school in the next few years to pursue a graduate degree in Public Policy. 

At Bosque School, Claire was always very involved in clubs and organizations, including student government. “I always saw being involved as a way to give back, which has certainly influenced my career choice,” she shared. One teacher in particular made a big impact on Claire. She expressed, “Ms. Hart has always made a difference in my life. We still keep in touch to this day, and I know that she is someone whom I will be close with for a long time.” 

Claire is also close with many of her Class of 2015 friends, including Olivia Gorham, Regina Andreas, Isabelle Ceranski, Eloise Coutret, Neel Roy, and Gabe Chavez. “We always try to get together when all of us are back in town, which is always a highlight of my trips home.”

In her spare time, Claire enjoys going to spin classes and spending a lot of time outside, whether that's in the bosque when she’s back in New Mexico or around the many monuments in Washington. Claire added, “Of course, I also like to spend time with friends and exploring D.C..”

“I'm looking forward to the next time I get to come home and eat lots of green chile, hopefully after everything with coronavirus clears up,” said Claire. 

We’ll save some green chile for you, Claire!