Claire, far left, during ONE’s Thrive campaign in 2012.
Claire Hazelgrove is ONE’s new regional field director (RFD) in the Northwest. She moved to Washington, D.C., this summer from ONE’s London office, where she worked as the UK campaigns manager, so she is no stranger to our issues.
In this new role, Claire will be covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii in the field for ONE, traveling to different cities and organizing events and meet-ups for ONE members. She took a few minutes to tell us more about her region, what brought her to ONE, her UK origins and more…
When were you first introduced to ONE?
I became a ONE member in 2010, after being shown ONE’s website as a great example of how to bring big, important issues to life. I’d taken part in the Make Poverty History march in Scotland ahead of the 2005 G8 summit of world leaders, and studied the politics of international development as part of my undergrad. I had only recently graduated, so didn’t have much money to give, and was drawn to ONE’s ethos of using your voice in the fight against extreme poverty.
Why were you interested in working for ONE?
It was the same year as the Make Poverty History rally that I became interested in politics and people power as a way to affect change for those less fortunate than ourselves. Through being a ONE member and having gained campaigns experience, I knew that I’d love working at ONE the moment I saw the job advertised.
Prior to moving to the US, you worked for ONE in the London office. What did you do there?
I started working for ONE back in 2011 as UK Campaigns Manager, so planning and running our campaigns back home. I also set up our ONE Students and ONE Mums programs in this role, trying to bring communities together and equip enthusiastic supporters with the tools they needed to run their own campaigns.
Why did you want to move to the US?
After two years with ONE in London, this role seemed like a really exciting new challenge. I wanted to get out in the field meeting with our supporters more, and hopefully bring some of what I’ve learned to the Northwest while learning more through working with our supporters on the ground out here.
I also spent a month volunteering in Virginia on the Obama Campaign in 2008, and then three months in DC and Virginia again on the 2012 campaign, doing a lot of grassroots mobilization and coordination, so the US isn’t completely new to me and I’m lucky enough to have some great friends here already who have helped make the move relatively smooth!
What’s your experience in the Northwest been like so far?
Amazing. I’m currently in Seattle, having just met some of our most active supporters on a trip to Portland, Longview and here, too. My role here is to support our members to do what they do best – to plan local events, to speak with their elected representatives and make their voices heard on a local level. It’s been truly brilliant to get out and meet so many supporters within just a few days of starting this job. I’m really excited about what we can do together here in the Northwest.
What is your favorite place that you have traveled to?
Probably Brazil. I traveled around a small part of South America before starting with ONE in 2011, and visited Rio, Ilha Grande (a stunning small island) and the Iguazu Falls, which truly took my breath away.
What do you do in your spare time?
At the moment, this mainly involves unpacking and getting to know DC. I’m really enjoying spending time with friends here in the US, and glad to be able to keep up with people back home through the wonders of modern technology. I also like listening to music and watching a lot of box sets/light TV after a busy day.
Recommend a book or movie!
I’m currently reading “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, which is great so far and I have no idea how it’s going to end! I’d recommend it so far (though don’t blame me if the ending is rubbish…)