Claire Bashaw

As an Arizona native, Claire has always had an affinity for Mexico, starting with an early interest in the Spanish language. She attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she received a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a double minor in Spanish and Women’s and Gender Studies. As an NAU freshman, Claire became active in Associated Students for Women’s Issues, ultimately serving as president her senior year and leaving with a profound sense of commitment to advocacy for and empowerment of women of all walks of life.

After working for organizations in areas ranging from behavioral health to crime-victim services, Claire’s focus shifted to fundraising and development when she joined Villa Montessori School in Phoenix in 2015. Her area of responsibility included strategic planning, special events, donor relations, marketing and social media, along with working closely with the board of directors, parents, volunteers and various community partners.

Claire’s experience serves as the ideal bridge to Steps of Love, where she is using her skill set and passion for the welfare of children and their families to lead initiatives in support of the mission of Steps of Love: to break the cycle of poverty by providing Mexican children kindergarten to college along the border with an education and love of lifelong learning—and empowering them to lead self-sufficient, purposeful and joyful lives.

A focus on fundraising and building a strong, sustainable donor database are ongoing goals for Claire as she works on both sides of the border to continue to cultivate wide-ranging awareness to keep Steps of Love moving forward.

Claire lives in Phoenix and enjoys hiking, yoga, travel, dogs of all breeds/shapes/sizes and perfecting her Spanish.

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  • Financial Support

    Funding educational expenses for young people whose families lack the resources to send their children to school.

  • Family Support

    Providing a caring team of local professionals and volunteers to follow students and assure they have the resources and support they need outside of school to thrive in the classroom.

  • Academic Support

    Offering comprehensive academic support at our "Homework Clubs” which are safe enriching environments where students can get tutoring and other educational resources they need to succeed academically.

  • Family Support

    Funding educational expenses or young people whose families lack the resources to send their children to school.

  • Financial Support

    Providing a caring team of local professionals and volunteers to follow students and assure they have the resources and support they need outside of school to thrive in the classroom.

  • Homework Clubs

    Offering a safe enriching environment where students can get tutoring and other educational resources they need to succeed academically.