Clare Lothenbach attended Southern Methodist University, where she earned herself a bachelor’s in both Environmental Studies and Philosophy, with an emphasis on Ethics, Law, and Society. She also studied Anthropology as a minor, earning her membership to the Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology.
During her time at SMU, Clare’s studies and courses provided her with a diverse and holistic plethora of knowledge. Still, she specifically focused on sustainability, air quality and sampling, climate change, disaster management, environmental ethics, environmental policy, and ecology. Clare wrote an extensive research thesis her final year at SMU, titled “A New Approach to Fire Management: Why Fire Suppression Has Failed in the United States.” For the thesis, which took place over the course of a semester, Clare researched and analyzed the diversity, composition, and functionality of ecosystems, as well as examined fuel abundance and aridity, carbon storage, and weather patterns in order to determine the effectiveness of various proposed methods.
Besides the environmental and sustainability, another passion of Clare’s is community service, where she was a leader in many different organizations, such as National Charity League and Impact Lives. Throughout her time in National Charity League, which spanned from 2012 to 2016, Clare was elected President, Vice President of Philanthropy, and Vice President of Programs. Some of her favorite organizations to volunteer are for Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Prop Shop, The Colony, Dawn of a Dream, Second Harvest, True Friends, Operation Homefront, and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
In addition, Clare served on the Impact Lives Student Advisory Board as President, Secretary, and Treasurer between 2014 and 2016, where she worked with the board of the company and other members of the student advisory board to set up volunteer programs, schedule and perform service trips, assisted founder and CEO of Impact Lives with building his organization and educating the public, and advised superiors with grants and donations. Through ImpactLives, Clare traveled to the Dominican Republic for multiple volunteer trips. During these trips, she worked with kids in local villages, teaching dental hygiene, demonstrating basic woodworking skills, distributing food to those in need, constructing homes for local people, and fundraising to build multiple HabiHuts, which are small medical centers, in many communities. In 2015, Clare earned the opportunity to be a presenter at the Learning National Conference Presenter Speaker, where she represented Impact Lives in Washington D.C. and led a presentation on youth service learning.
Clare now works as an Associate Project Manager for the ASAP team, assisting in WELL and LEED projects.