President and Founder of Adams St. Advocates
Claudia has extensive, in-depth experience in both government & private sectors. Claudia has been serving clients and working in the government affairs industry for over 25 years. Prior to Adams St. Advocates, Claudia was on the national business development team for Accenture, a global information technology firm, where she led sales campaigns for large, complex integrated systems opportunities.Claudia moved to Florida in 2000, where she served as AT&T’s state president for regulatory and legislative affairs, working hand in hand with key decision-makers in both the Florida legislative & executive branches to pass historical telecommunications reform legislation. Claudia was subsequently promoted to regional vice president for legislative affairs for AT&T, where she successfully led legislative & regulatory reform campaigns in the Southern Region before the merger with BellSouth.
In addition to her corporate experience, Claudia worked in government on both the state & federal levels. Claudia served as U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond’s legislative aide in Washington, D.C. providing legislative analysis. Claudia also served as a policy advisor to the Michigan House of Representatives, where she led the staff effort to rewrite the Michigan Telecommunications Act. And she served as general counsel, legislative affairs director & communications director for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, where Claudia negotiated economic development incentives with corporations wanting to do business with the state.
Claudia currently serves on the Florida TaxWatch Board’s Executive Steering Committee, the Take Stock in Children Board, the Florida After School Network Board, & the Florida College System Foundation Board of Directors. She is also a founding member of the Florida Technology Council. As a Tallahassee resident, she is actively involved in the Tallahassee Chamber Board & also serves on the local Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority board appointed by the Mayor. A South Carolina native, Claudia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & a law degree from the University of South Carolina.