Claire Pavlik Purgus is the program manager for the Hornstein Program, taking over the role in January 2015. She manages the Hornstein Program's financials in accordance with Brandeis University financial systems, communications, recruitment and alumni relations, and event planning and organization.
Claire is also the associate director of Olohana Foundation, a nonprofit based in Hawaii that works with communities to build capacity and grow food, a position she took in early 2016.
From 2008 to the end of 2014, Claire worked for the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, also at Brandeis University. There she managed the Institute's financial systems, communications and a wide range of administrative needs. Prior to her work at Brandeis, she worked for Soco Magazine as their managing editor and contributing writer, and Hewlett-Packard Company as a technical writer.
In addition, Claire has consulted on projects for Hong Kong-based companies Liberty Asia and The Mekong Club, Tokyo-based Cambridge International, Lexia Learning in Concord, Massachusetts, the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living in Providence, Rhode Island, among others.
Between 1988 and 2003, Claire lived in Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean. There she was a registered architect and worked in the field of industrial plastics packaging.
In 1987, she received a post-graduate diploma in urban planning practice for developing countries from University College London, and in 1986, a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
In her spare time, Claire paints, makes ceramic sculptures, and is learning to play traditional West African rhythms on dunduns and djembes. Reproductions of her paintings are widely available through frame and art stores and have been distributed in Target and TJ Maxx stores around the country. She has exhibited her work through open studios events, art galleries and juried exhibitions.
Claire is available as a consultant on individual editing, writing and graphic design projects.