Claire Brender

Claire Brender

Senior Corporate Relations Officer


Claire Brender


Claire Brender is senior corporate relations officer for the College of Engineering at Wayne State University. Claire has 20+ years of alumni and development experience in higher education, including 5 years as senior major gift officer for the College of Engineering, and several years performing international corporate and community outreach for Wayne State in the early 2000s.

She has more than 16 years of alumni and development experience, along with proficiency in international relations, communications, marketing, and volunteer management. Since 2009, Claire served as the director of international alumni engagement and discovery for Michigan State University, where she implemented strategies and programs to connect with over 50,000 alumni from 174 countries.

Claire is involved in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association - Great Lakes 17 Chapter. She speaks and reads Chinese, Japanese and Spanish and has worked and lived in China and Japan.


B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, Michigan State University

M.B.A., International Business and Business Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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