Claire Cooney

Senior Major Gifts and Communications Officer, Development

Claire RobinetteClaire works with the Fund’s experts across the Southeastern United States, including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, to secure private funding for projects ranging from urban revitalization efforts to the protection of natural spaces. Claire enjoys meeting with donors and exploring their passion for conservation through visits and tours of the Fund’s projects. She also drives the Fund’s integrated messaging outreach to current and prospective donors by sharing the compelling personal stories of our work.

Prior to joining the Fund, Claire worked in various philanthropic roles with in Washington, DC and the American Heart Association in Austin, TX. She also worked for an environmental law practice during college. Claire was awarded the Community Award in 2008 and the Overall Alumni Award in 2009 by the Alpha Gamma Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, an organization that emphasizes the importance of volunteerism in communities. Claire volunteers her time and fundraising skills to the Arlington Food Assistance (AFAC) Center’s Plot Against Hunger project. She received competitive grant funding to design a tomato container garden project for AFAC clients. She currently serves as the President for the Washington, DC, Southwestern University Alumni Association.

Claire holds a BA in Psychology and Communication Studies from Southwestern University and graduated from Georgetown University’s New Strategies Program, an intensive education initiative designed for nonprofit professionals to find new revenue opportunities.

Contact:   Phone: 512-639-9217   Office: North Carolina