2010-2011 Luce Scholar
Placement: Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies (IUE), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
Claire Markgraf graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high honors from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2006, and completed coursework in economics, statistics, and international policy as a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School. She has worked for the World Bank in the Office of the Chief Economist as a junior professional associate. As a junior member of the Chief Economist's staff, Claire assisted in operations and strategy, serving as a member of the World Bank's core team working to expand the input of developing countries in the upcoming G-20 meetings. Prior to joining the Chief Economist's office, Claire worked as the portfolio analyst for the World Bank's Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility, where she tracked a portfolio of over 800 infrastructure projects totaling approximately US$160 million. Claire's field of interest in development includes urban development and planning, as well as development finance and slum redevelopment. Claire also served as a Truman-Albright Fellow in the U.S. Department of the Interior and was primarily responsible for a weekly report for the President of the United States on national lands management issues. Since 2003, Claire gained significant experience in journalism as editor in chief of her college newspaper, executive editor of Ceiling News Magazine, and volunteer editor for Street Sense newspaper. In 2005, Claire was awarded a Truman Scholarship, the U.S.'s highest honor awarded to an undergraduate.