Claire's BioClaire Burghoff 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. At Cornerstone, she marries communications strategies with government relations tactics on behalf of corporate, association, and nonprofit clients.
Previously, she served as communications director for the House Budget Committee Majority where she led and implemented short- and long-term communications strategies to effectively message House Republicans’ budgetary priorities. In this position, 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. She also spent time as an advisor to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, where she ran the on-the-ground press operation for the CMS Administrator. From 2012-2017, Claire worked in the congressional office of Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR), overseeing both the communications shop and health care legislative portfolio, as well as on Rep. Womack’s campaign.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, she began her career in Washington, D.C., working for Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). Overall, Claire has nearly a decade of experience in Congress and the Administration and a strong background in messaging and legislative strategy in the political arena.