M. Claire Howe, Esq.

Executive Director and Board Member

Claire grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University. After living and working abroad for several years, she returned to the US and, in her mid-20’s, first learned about factory farming. Outraged by what was happening to animals, Claire went to law school, receiving both a JD and an advanced degree in Animal Law from Lewis and Clark University. She went on to work for H.E.A.R.T, a humane education organization, and began facilitating animal rights clubs at Portland high schools; little did she know that these clubs would ultimately evolve into advocacy powerhouse, Youth for the Voiceless. Though she often wishes she had gotten involved in animal rights sooner, Claire believes that now is her opportunity to support the important advocacy and vision of young people. In addition to enjoying the incredibly fulfilling work she gets to do with inspiring activists, Claire likes to dance, spend time with her husband, and cuddle her rescue dachshund, Vivian.