Claire Syrett has been an Oregon resident for 20 years and a resident of the Whiteaker neighborhood for 12 years. 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 assigned to Coos Bay/North Bend. 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 dogs, Rocket and Scipio. 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

Network for Reproductive Options 2012 - Present (Current Board President)
Lane Regional Air Pollution Advisory Board 2012- Present (council assignment)
City of Eugene Police Commission 2012 - Present (council assignment)
City of Eugene Budget Committee 2006 – Present (Chair 2010 – 2012)
Lane County Human Services Commission 2009 – Present (Chair 2011 – 2012)
Eugene Airport Advisory Committee 2006 – 2012 (Chair 2010 – 2011)
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