The EcoGrrl Interview: Claudia


Claudia in White Tux at Norse Hall May 27, 2011

Claudia is an account executive by day, a singer for The Pranksters Big Band by night, right here in the Portland area.  She has been like an older sister to me ever since I met her five years ago when she came to my then-employer to offer her company’s services.  Claudia has a ton of energy, a tremendous heart, and a phenomenal voice.  It’s so fun knowing her.

What or who inspires you most? Music, creativity, positivity and love.

What do you turn to when you need strength? Music, the outdoors, friends.

How can women best support and/or empower other women? Share their stories, triumphs and tragedies, be there to listen and care not necessarily have an answer but definitely an open heart and mind.

What do you love to grow? What would you like to try growing someday? Elephant garlic!  It’s a constantly blossoming magical experience – I keep trying everything and anything….I find the whimsy of nature and all of the effects of weather, soil, seed and nurturing including the random chaos of the universe continually amaze and mystify!

What are your creative outlets? Is there anything you’ve always wanted to try but you haven’t? Music, gardening, art, cooking, travel, reading and lately volunteering and mentoring  middle and high school kids to introduce them to IT careers.

In what environment(s) do you feel most in your element? Anything having to do with people or nature.  I’m comfortable in myself and consider new opportunities to experience new environments and people a gift to be experienced!

Who are your top three nonprofits you support and/or volunteer with?

  1. Doris Day Animal League

  2. Ocean Conservancy

  3. Defenders of Wildlife

What recent “green” change have you made in your own life? What’s next? Do away with plastics.  Someday get off the grid…completely.

Where in the world do you consider a sanctuary? Why? My backyard.  It’s my garden of earthy delights both flora and fauna :0)

What advice would you give your younger self? “It’s easier done than said”, meaning just go do whatever inspires and you’ll find a way to succeed.  If you think about it and rationalize too much you can stop the creative flow and never take a chance.”

How can we as a society be more radical in supporting a healthy planet? Learn about nutrition for one which will dramatically alter how we eat – which will completely  impact how we farm/procure/consume/lobby/govern/politic…which will affect the health not only of our bodies but our planet.

What sparked your interest in environmental issues? What’s the first “eco” thing you ever did? I started recycling, then composting.

How do you live simply? I wake up and count my blessings, go to bed and count some more! I try to be a positive influence,  bring joy and goodness to everyone and everything I encounter.

Could you leave us with a favorite quote of yours? “Living is my Specialty” ~ from my high school yearbook.


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