Each month, we’ll be introducing you to a new School on Wheels staff member so you can learn more about the people who make our programs run successfully! This month, we’ll highlight Claire Brosman, our Grants and Communications Manager. Claire is a vital behind-the-scenes contributor at School on Wheels, but most people never get to meet her. Read on to learn more about her and the vital role foundations and grants play in our programs!

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What is your role at School on Wheels?
As the Grants and Communications Manager at School on Wheels not only do I get to help tell the organization’s story to the public across all mediums – from emails to the annual report – but I also get to tell the School on Wheel’s story to funders. About one third of our funding comes from grants and foundations so I get to create proposals to support each of the unique programs that benefit the homeless children and families we serve.

What did you do before you came here?
Before I came to School on Wheels I worked for Heartland Film where I was the Heartland Institute Director. I worked with movie studios to create youth development curriculum, developed the High School Film Competition and facilitated educational workshops and panels for high school and college students. I decided my favorite part of that job was storytelling so I left to pursue freelance writing for organizations that do great things. Now I still get to work with Heartland, but I get to work with so many other great organizations too — like School on Wheels!

Why did you decide to join the School on Wheels team?
While I love quietly writing and working with lots of clients remotely, I realized I missed having co-workers. So I searched for the non-profit with the most amazing mission AND the most amazing co-workers I could find and landed at School on Wheels part time.

What’s your favorite thing about your job?
The kids we serve are definitely my favorite part of the job. Even though I’m rarely at tutoring sites, the rest of the School on Wheels team always brings stories from each location back to the office. It’s amazing to hear about the kids’ big and little victories each day. And there really are victories every single day. It’s amazing and affirming.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
When I was a teenager, I lived with my family in the Minnesota woods – without electricity.

What is the biggest project you are working on right now for School on Wheels?
Right now School on Wheels is working with professional volunteers through Catchafire. I’m working with these volunteers as they help us develop a new marketing strategy and a new website so we can help further spread awareness about how School on Wheels is helping kids experiencing homelessness achieve academic success. It’s a big project, but really exciting!

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