Claire ShippWomen for the Land Intern
This summer, Claire is working to expand WFL’s Learning Circle curriculum to provide women in rural communities the tools they need to run for office and be effective advocates in their communities. Additionally, she is expanding on WFL’s policy work to ensure that women across the nation have equitable access to agricultural opportunities. Claire recently graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia (MU) with an M.S. in Agriculture Economics and a B.S. in Agriculture Business. At MU, she represented the 65,000+ University of Missouri System students in the Missouri State Legislature as the Executive Director of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri. Claire also worked as a Teaching Assistant for two upper-level courses in the School of Natural Resources and served in many leadership and research positions. In recognition of her leadership and public service record, Claire was selected as a 2021 Truman Scholar, 2022 Mark Twain Fellow, and 2022 Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Claire plans to pursue an MPhil in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford beginning this Fall. Her upbringing in rural Missouri inspires her passion for using institutional tools to unite the agriculture industry and the environmental movement.