Claire Kasinadhuni is a CivicSpark Climate Fellow at Sierra Business Council for the 2020-2021 service year. CivicSpark is an AmeriCorps service program under the Local Government Commission dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change and other issues facing the state of California. Over the course of 11 months, Claire will assist SBC activities in building climate and energy resilience for rural communities in the Sierra Nevadas. Claire moved to Truckee from Seattle Washington. She graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Washington. During college, Claire spent her time working in the dirt, starting off as a University of Washington Farm intern and then becoming a farm lead. She also worked in a hydroponics lab, the first on campus, where she grew vegetables indoors. Later on, she became interested in politics and interned for a Seattle Congresswoman, assisting with environmental policy and later with a political consulting firm. Her interest in public policy grew out of her background in environmental issues which eventually landed her in the beautiful Sierra working with SBC.
Born and raised in Washington, Claire has grown up around mountains and has grown accustomed to a life centered around the outdoors. Moving to the Sierra was an easy choice, and she continues participating in the things she loves whether it’s running, biking, climbing, skiing or wildlife watching. On the weekends you’ll find her out of the house exploring her new home or cooking/painting/watching movies in the evenings.