Claudia A. Withers

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Claudia works with an amazing team that is responsible for issues including human resources, finance, information technology, facilities management and resource development Claudia is also responsible for working with managers to implement CRC’s strategic plan, and for ensuring that all staff have access to the necessary training and expertise.

An employment lawyer by training, Claudia has served as COO for the NAACP and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as a Deputy General Counsel at the US Department of Education, as a program officer at the DC Bar Foundation, as the Executive Director of the Fair Employment Council, and as the Director of Employment Programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families, where she helped lead the coalition advocating for the DC Family and Medical Leave Act.

Claudia clerked for Judge Richard C. Erwin of the Middle District of North Carolina. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill School of Law and Duke University.

Claudia joined CRC because she wants to be in partnership with those who work to change the trajectory for Black and Brown young people who find themselves stymied by the criminal legal system.