Claire Catlett joined the New Mexico Land Conservancy in October 2021 and is happily returning to the landscapes of New Mexico that are the foundation of her conservation work. Claire began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Silver City, NM in 2012, and served for three terms of service with conservation organizations in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. She has a background in water conservation and ecological restoration, and has worked professionally across the Southwest and its borderlands to restore streams and install green infrastructure.
Claire holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Roanoke College and a master’s degree in International Development and Sustainability from Denver University. Claire recently returns to New Mexico from her family’s home in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. While in Virginia, she worked with landowners and farmers for agricultural practices that improved water quality. She discovered her love for fishing in her work to bring back native trout to streams. She enjoys growing her own food and wrangling two lively farm dogs.