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Claudia Connor

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As the Chief Philanthropy Officer, Claudia Connor oversees and leads WRC’s individual and institutional fundraising efforts. She has over 30 years of experience in strategic leadership, organizational and program management, partnership building, and private and institutional fundraising. She has substantive expertise in refugee resettlement and integration, migrant rights and immigration policy, and services for unaccompanied minors and survivors of human trafficking.

Prior to joining WRC, Claudia served for close to five years as the President and CEO of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants where she diversified the organization’s funding base, expanded foundation donors, secured multi-year grants, and increased individual giving. Her professional experience includes her role as the Director of Strategic Partnerships with Save the Children where she managed a large portfolio of private family and large institutional donors. Previously, she worked at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as a Senior Technical Advisor in the Governance & Rights Unit, Regional Director in the US Programs supervising refugee resettlement offices across the US, and as Director of National Refugee Resettlement Programs. From 1998-2008, Claudia lived in Mozambique, Malawi, and Myanmar where she was a consultant with UNICEF, the Myanmar U.N. Country Team, the Carter Center, Save the Children UK, and Population Services International (PSI) among other agencies, where her work focused on child trafficking, child soldiers, women’s rights, juvenile justice, and the impact of HIV/AIDS, among other issues.

Before moving overseas in 1998, Claudia was a senior trial attorney for Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, in New York City. She received her JD from Brooklyn Law School and a BA in history from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.