Catherine Cutler Institute

Claire Schroeder

Policy Associate II: Children, Youth, and Families Program

Office Location

332I Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Claire has worked with YCE since 2014 and is passionate about ensuring that systems and organizations are informed and directed by those they seek to serve. Claire works with a number of different projects within the Youth and Community Engagement Team, some of which include: The Southern Maine Youth Transition Network (SMYTN) to address the barriers and supports for youth as they transition between services or points in their life. Additionally she is a facilitator, workshop designer, facilitation coach and trainer with Youth Engagement Partners (YEP) through Portland Empowered and Gateway to Opportunity.

As a white girl growing up in a diverse city, racial justice has been an essential part of Claire's learning and life's work which is directly tied to her focus on equity and inclusion across all projects. Claire's passion for this work is rooted in learning from and with young adults, and collaboratively working together to address challenges. Claire loves to ride the NYC subway, canoe in the wilderness and dance.



Areas of Expertise

Youth Centered Programming
Youth and Community Engagement


 Masters in Social Work from the University of New England