Staff Spotlight: Emma Claudeanos

Check out the next installment of our ICRI Staff Spotlight! If you missed the last one highlighting our COO Ellie Mashhour you can find it here

Name: Emma Claudeanos
Job Title:  Administrative Coordinator 

Q1. Tell us about your role at ICRI.

As the Administrative Coordinator, I like to think my main priorities are to ensure that ICRI is running smoothly and to make sure that everyone in the office has what they need to be happy and productive at work. This includes working with the team to set and achieve weekly, monthly, and annual goals, providing organizational and administrative support to ICRI Executives, working directly with our teams in Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Nepal to ensure programmatic success, and every now and then going back to my roots as a preschool teacher if I'm needed at one of our local schools (just one of the many perks of the job!).   

Q2: Can you briefly describe your typical working day?

I arrive at ICRI's office in the Berkeley Marina at 9:00am. I start my day checking e-mails while drinking my morning smoothie and waiting for the rest of the team to filter in. Depending on the day, I might have a staff meeting, a committee meeting, or a check-in with ICRI Executive Director, Ken Jaffe. I then spend a good chunk of the day working through my task list independently or completing a project in collaboration with Ken or COO, Ellie Mashhour. After a cup of tea and some lunch, I love taking a walk in the beautiful marina - especially enjoyable on a sunny day. I finish by wrapping up any projects and responding to any final e-mails before ending my day at 5:00.   

Q3: Why did you choose to work for ICRI?

I started working with school-age children while I was in college and always felt a special connection with the youngest ones. I learned of Hearts Leap, one of ICRI's local preschools, and Ellie offered me a position working as a teacher and helping in the office there. I stayed at Hearts Leap for two years before being offered the Administrative Coordinator position here at headquarters. ICRI's mission is one that speaks to me on every level, and I can't imagine an organization with a more noble or worthy cause. My goal is to dedicate my energy to helping children in need access resources that support their well-being, and my position at ICRI allows me to do that. I am so grateful to be working here.   

Q4: Tell us about something about ICRI you are particularly excited about at the moment.

I'm excited to see the progress our Nepali office has made in providing much needed support to the children and families affected by the devastating earthquakes there. The HQ team has been working hard as well to raise funds and awareness, and it makes me happy to know that our work is making a difference. I'm also excited at the prospect of the success of our Himalayas Trek fundraising event which would allow ICRI to accomplish critical rebuilding of homes and schools in the communities we serve in Nepal.

Q5: What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I like spending time with my friends and family, going on adventures, reading novels, dancing, working out, and being outside. 

Q6: What makes you happy?


Q7: What makes you angry?

When people are not considerate of who and what is around them.

Q8: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a brain surgeon...I guess life doesn't always turn out the way you imagine. ;-)

Q9: Tell us your claim to fame?

I hope to achieve my claim to fame before I turn 35. ;-)

Q10: If you could invite five people to dinner, dead or alive, who would they be?

Can I choose six? My grandma Gloria, for her love. The 14th Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa, for their wisdom. Harriet Tubman, for her fearlessness. Vladimir Nabokov and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, because they write the most beautiful prose I've ever read.