Clara Haskell Botstein
Clara is the Associate Vice President of the Bard Early College, a multi-campus network of Bard College established to provide adolescents in American public school systems with the chance to take a tuition-free college course of study and earn degrees earlier than the status quo allows. Clara oversees new school and program development and policy and advocacy work at the local, state, and federal levels for the Bard Early College, including around teacher preparation and licensure. Over the past eight years, Clara has helped the Bard Early College more than double in size through the establishment of new campuses, expand its teacher preparation programs in three states, and establish the College in High School Alliance, a national policy coalition.
Clara has a background in advocacy and policy research and has worked for a number of nonprofit organizations and government agencies on a full-time and consultant basis, including United Neighborhood Houses of New York, the Civic Federation, the City of Chicago, and Newark Public Schools. Clara has served as Board Chair for the Two Rivers Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. since 2017 and is the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for her district in Petworth, D.C. Clara holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University.