Claudia is a versatile strategist and advocate who brings a powerful combination of policy experience, political acumen, community and coalition building, and labor relations expertise to her work helping clients navigate New York City and State. She also has deep roots working in advocacy and politics within the Latino Community in New York and across the country.
Before joining Fontas Advisors, Claudia was a Senior Lobbyist at Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne, an Albany-based law firm specializing in government relations and regulatory affairs, where she led advocacy programs for leading companies across the healthcare, education, and financial services sectors. Prior to this, she served as the first New York State Director for the Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) and as the National Government Relations Director for Families for Excellent Schools (FES), where she designed and led the organization’s advocacy agenda focused on advancing charter school policies throughout New York State.
Claudia’s ability to deliver results for clients is enhanced by her seven years of experience as Chief Policy Advisor and Chief Negotiator for the City of Newark as part of Mayor Cory A. Booker’s administration. She was responsible for setting city labor public policy, negotiating city contracts for public sector employees, and managing relationships with local, state, and national labor unions.
Earlier in her career, Claudia held a number of senior roles with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a leading labor union representing over two million workers in healthcare, public services, and property services. During her tenure at the organization she served as Interim Executive Director for the New Jersey State Council and Deputy Political Director for Local 32BJ in New York City. She also led Member Outreach for 1199SEIU’s National Benefit Fund and served as the National Political Operations Manager in Washington, D.C., overseeing the union’s engagement in local, state, and national elections.
She began her career as labor and political consultant in Los Angeles and has had extensive political experience throughout her career, working on high profile campaigns across New York, New Jersey, and California.
Claudia holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Housing Rights Initiative and previously served as an Executive Leadership Fellow at the National Hispanic Leadership Institute and a Fellow at the National Democratic Institute’s Latin America & Caribbean Program.