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Expertise: Faith-based advocacy, religious liberty, reproductive justice, economic inequality

Claire Markham is the associate director for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress. She focuses on integrating faith and values in policy work; ensuring faith-based advocates have the resources to do their best work; elevating progressive voices of faith to complicate divisive policy conversations; and advancing equality for all with an intersectional framework driven by faith. Previously, she served as the Initiative’s outreach and campaigns manager, working to increase partnerships with faith-based organizations, faith communities, and progressive people of faith across a variety of American Progress’ policy areas.

Prior to joining American Progress, Markham worked as the field associate and minimum-wage lobbyist for NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, the organization behind Nuns on the Bus. Earlier in her career, she worked in Catholic education as a high school teacher and college campus minister, where she came to understand the importance of political activism and public policy work as natural extensions of a rich spiritual life.

Markham holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Boston College and a master’s degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union.

By Claire Markham
Tales and Truth in the Masterpiece Cakeshop ArgumentsCenter for American ProgressDecember 7, 2017
How Masterpiece Cakeshop Can Undermine Civil RightsCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2017
Mississippi Faith Leaders Fight DiscriminationCenter for American ProgressOctober 10, 2017
President Trump Wants to Restrict Access to Contraception Under the Guise of Religious LibertyCenter for American ProgressJune 22, 2017
People of Faith Are Increasingly Vocal Supporters of Transgender JusticeCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2017
People of Faith Support Transgender RightsCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2017
The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Attempt to Redefine Religious LibertyCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2017
12 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2017Center for American ProgressJanuary 18, 2017
Addressing Challenges to Progressive Religious Liberty in North CarolinaCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2016
Faith Voices on Reproductive Justice: Religion and EqualityCenter for American ProgressAugust 11, 2016
This Independence Day, Celebrate Religious Liberty for AllCenter for American ProgressJune 30, 2016
Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice: Supporting Mothers and CaregiversCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2016
Everything You Need to Know About Zubik v. BurwellCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2016
Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice: Standing With Women and FamiliesCenter for American ProgressMarch 14, 2016
This Women’s History Month, Protect Women’s Health Care AccessInsideSourcesMarch 3, 2016
Fired for Being Who I Am: The Fight for LGBT Equality ContinuesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 16, 2016
On Hope, Change, and Having KidsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 20, 2016
16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016Center for American ProgressJanuary 20, 2016
Climate Talks Must Heed the Call of Pope Francis and the Multifaith MovementCenter for American ProgressNovember 30, 2015
Pope Francis and Access to JusticeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2015
Predatory Lending: Faith Communities Mobilizing to Defend the VulnerableSpotlight on Poverty and OpportunityAugust 18, 2015
The Francis Moment: A Moral Call to Action on Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2015
Responsible Credit Is an Economic and Moral IssueCenter for American ProgressJune 9, 2015
15 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2015Center for American ProgressJanuary 22, 2015
Health Care that HealsCenter for American ProgressOctober 30, 2014
Education that EmpowersCenter for American ProgressOctober 23, 2014
An Economy that ServesCenter for American ProgressOctober 8, 2014
How Would Francis Vote?Center for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2014
Rep. Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Is Not the Answer to the Pope’s PrayersCenter for American ProgressAugust 14, 2014