Prior to joining Vriens & Partners as an analyst, Clara worked in the development sector, focusing on agri-business reform, public housing, and local stakeholder engagement. Her most recent work includes agriculture development in Mindanao, where she helped drive key value-chain formation initiatives. During this period, Clara also helped lead a project to provide low-cost, disaster-resilient housing for displaced informal settlers, an initiative that allowed her to establish a local government and community network in various areas in Mindanao.
Clara has also written for CNN Philippines among other publications, where she discussed a broad range of issues on urbanization, conservation, and natural resource management. She holds two Masters in International History from Columbia University and the London School of Economics.