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Claire Markham

Associate Director, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

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. Prior to joining American Progress, she worked as the field associate and minimum-wage lobbyist for NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. Previously, she worked in Catholic education as a high school teacher and college campus minister. Much of her professional and academic work has focused on theological foundations for more inclusive faith communities and building communities of faith where political activism is a natural extension of a rich spiritual life—two issues she wrote about for her contribution to An Irrepressible Hope: Notes from Chicago Catholics.

Markham holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Boston College and a master’s degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union, where she was a Bernardin scholar focusing on medical and sexual ethics.