Clara helps students, faculty and professional staff to write reports about community and economic development, using her skills in applied research, data compilation and analysis, and project administration. She honed those skills — along with online research, database management, and survey design — as an intern for Nelson County Economic Development Agency in Bardstown, Kentucky. In that position, she managed a database of 52 clients and conducted a survey of over 350 historic structures for the National Register of Historic Places. Clara excels at applying economics-based statistical techniques to identify factors that contribute to economic growth in micropolitan areas. She received a BA in anthropology and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.