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Claire Tiffany-Appleton

Data & Project Specialist
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

Pronouns : she / her / hers

As an experienced project coordinator, Claire brings a passion for increasing educational equity to the Elevate team and its clients. In her former role with Americorps, she managed a maker-focused education program and associated grants for an Oakland, California school.

She has also contributed her skills to various education nonprofits in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, most recently, serving as a teaching artist at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, where she designed and implemented a middle school-making course.

A Bay Area native, Claire holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley, where she graduated with honors. Outside of work, Claire enjoys hanging by one of Pittsburgh’s many rivers, cooking meals with friends and taking her dog Rollo out on the town.

What is your hidden talent?

I'm really good at scavenging nice things for free (sometimes in the trash). I'm just a California hippy who hates waste and loves a challenge.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

A semicolon (;) because I like to take my time to connect ideas, and I rarely complete my thought on the first time round.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Not using an oxford comma - technically not required, but strongly encouraged.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Cooking with friends, reading a good book, or hanging out in the woods.

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