Claire Burghoff

Principal
Washington, DC

Claire Burghoff

Principal
Washington, DC

Quick Facts

  • Former communications director for the House Budget Committee and lead for communications efforts of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform
  • Over eight years of experience working in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and Administration with expertise in strategic communications and legislative strategy

Claire's Bio

Claire joined the Cornerstone Public Affairs team in January of 2019, bringing a permanent public affairs and strategic communications presence to Cornerstone’s Washington, D.C. office. She previously served as communications director to the House Budget Committee Majority where she led and implemented short- and long-term communications strategies to effectively message House Republicans’ budgetary priorities.

As communications director, Claire also ran all communications for the once-in-a-generation budget and appropriations process reform efforts undertaken by the Joint Select Committee on Budget Process Reform. Prior to that, Claire spent time as an advisor to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Seema Verma, at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she ran the on-the-ground press operation for the CMS Administrator. Additionally, Claire worked for the congressional office and campaign of Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) from September 2012 to 2017, running both the communications shop and the health care legislative portfolio.

She began her career in Washington, D.C., working for Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). Overall, Claire has nearly a decade of experience in the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and Administration and offers extensive knowledge and a strong background in strategic communications and legislative strategy in the political arena. At Cornerstone, she marries communications strategies with government relations tactics on behalf of corporate, association and non-profit clients.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Claire earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.