Claudia co-founded the California Desert Coalition along with her daughter, April. Born and raised in the Morongo Basin, Claudia has been active in the community and in defense of the desert landscape for decades. She served as a member of the local volunteer fire department; as president, vice president, secretary, and director of Pioneertown Property Association; chaired ad-hoc citizen committee that developed the draft water management plan for local sub-basins; facilitated the re-institution of conservation zoning during 1990 county general plan; led the effort to redirect the water pipeline to Pioneertown Road; and served as Events Director for the Morongo Basin Conservation Association.
Claudia is passionate about linking land use to available natural resources, conservation of critical lands for ecosystem connectivity, appropriate renewable energy planning and community choice aggregation, and water wise policy. She treasures the desert’s natural, unobstructed, undeveloped viewscapes, wildlife, variety of plant life, and great hiking in the nearby preserves and protected public lands.