Clare Cooper joins City Fruit as our new AmeriCorps VISTA! In her role as Community Engagement Coordinator, Clare will expand volunteer programs, build education opportunities, and help consider long-term sustainability. Clare comes to us through our partnership with Rotary First Harvest.
Clare is passionate about food and culture and believes every human being deserves food security with access to nutritious food. She studied biology and fine art while attending Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA which she credits with developing her commitment to environmental sustainability. She has worn many environmental hats working for a wetland preserve in Utah, a policy education NGO in D.C., and a special education school and farm in New York.
Clare pursued her Master of Environmental Management at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where she deepened her passion and knowledge of food waste, sustainable agriculture, and community development. Living in Seattle since 2015 Clare has spent time selling cheese and yogurt at the Ballard Farmer’s Market and gleaning produce for the Pike Place Food Bank. Also, she recently joined the board of One Equal Heart Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to community development projects within indigenous communities of Chiapas, Mexico. In her free time, she loves to cook (and eat), dance salsa, and exercise her passport.
Clare’s favorite fruits are cherries, peaches, watermelon, and raspberries. Her favorite fruit dessert is real-fruit popsicles! Contact Clare at [email protected].