Claire brings a diverse portfolio of experience in developing affordable and supportive housing and creating and implementing innovations in health, human services and employment for underserved populations to the Capalino team.
As Executive Vice President of Affordable & Supportive Housing Development Services, Claire works to conceive, facilitate and advance affordable, transitional, and supportive housing projects, through the use of the myriad federal, state, city and private financing sources, as well as forging partnerships between the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Claire spent the early part of her career at the Vera Institute of Justice where her early innovations included EASYRIDE, the pre-cursor to Access-A-Ride, the first paratransit service in NYC for elderly and disabled persons, and Neighborhood Work Project, a day labor program employing ex-offenders.
She then founded Housing & Services, Inc., a not-for-profit that helps address homelessness in NYC through the development and management of permanent supportive housing. During her 19 years as President, Claire pioneered the development of not-for-profit owned supportive housing in New York City with more than $300 million in projects. This included the development of one of the first single room occupancy hotels in the late 1980s.
Claire has spent the last 10 years leading not-for-profits in the aging, human service and health fields. Most recently, she served as COO of HealthCare Chaplaincy and as CEO of Volunteers of America-GNY, where she had oversight of housing for 2500 individuals with behavioral health issues, homeless individuals and families, veterans and the elderly.
Claire earned her J.D. from Fordham University, an M.P.A. with a focus on urban planning and urban issue involvement from the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and her B.A. from Saint Louis University.