Claire Psarouthakis Giving Communities Manager
Inspiration: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin
What working in this community means to me: “Working in this community means that I’m centering both the people whom we want to impact, and the people that want to make an impact, to the best of my ability, in every decision I make.”
Claire manages Greater Twin Cities United Way’s three giving communities: Arise Project (focused on LGBTQ youth homelessness), Women United (focused on early childhood education & women’s financial stability) and Emerging Leaders (philanthropy generalists.) These affinity groups allow donors to follow their contributions by taking part in grantmaking and community education efforts. Claire creates engagement and fundraising strategies, helps oversee the grant cycle for Arise and Women United, and manages all three external professional committee groups.
Prior to coming to United Way, Claire worked at Hennepin County in the Human Services and Public Health Department as a project manager. She also served as a clinic and health team volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Botswana from 2012-2014. She received her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School.
Claire and her partner Erika are both transplants to Minnesota who live in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. Outside of work, Claire serves on the board of directors and sings in the alto section for One Voice Mixed Chorus, and likes to cook, read, write and get into political debates.