Claire Syrett has been an Oregon resident for over 25 years and a resident of the Whiteaker neighborhood since 2002. An active community member and dedicated advocate, Claire works to advance social justice, economic equality and human rights.


She has strong relationships with individuals and organizations representing the diversity of our city, including political leaders—both conservative and liberal—as well as business leaders, community activists, social service providers, and law enforcement. Claire’s passion for public service and commitment to fair process informs all of her work. She brings a fair-minded, fact-based approach to her work that has earned her a reputation as an effective, progressive leader.

A dedicated labor union activist, Claire is employed by the Oregon Nurses Association serving as a labor relations representative for nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center and Home Care Serices in Eugene and Springfield as well as Pearce Harbor Hospital in Florence. Before joining ONA, Claire served for two years as the Executive Director of the Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth (LCHAY), a non-profit working to combat childhood obesity through advocacy and action. Prior to that, Claire was the field director for the ACLU of Oregon and worked for the Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network/Jobs with Justice.

Claire lives in the Whiteaker neighborhood with her husband, Davey and their dog, Archer. Together, they enjoy hiking and birding in Lane County and western Oregon.

Claire's Key Issues

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Fostering local entrepreneurship and sustainable economic development that creates family-wage jobs

Protecting and enhancing our community parks, natural areas and open spaces for the benefit of all residents

Supporting vital services for people struggling during hard economic times

Finding creative solutions for balancing funding for public safety and other essential public services

Volunteer Service

Lane Area Commission on Transportation 2016 - Present (Chair)

Lane County Human Services Commission 2009 – Present

Metropolitan Planning Committee 2018 - Present

Network for Reproductive Options 2012 - 2016

Lane Regional Air Pollution Advisory Board 2012- 2017

City of Eugene Police Commission 2012 - 2018

City of Eugene Budget Committee 2006 – Present

Eugene Airport Advisory Committee 2006 – 2012

Opportunity Eugene Task Force 2012

Police Auditor Ordinance Review Committee 2007

Eugene Mayor’s Task Force on Sustainable Business Development 2005

West Eugene Enterprise Zone Review Committee 2005

Eugene/Springfield PRIDE Day Committee 2002 – 2004 (Treasurer)