Claire Coleman is retired from the U.S. Foreign Service after serving more than three decades supporting U.S. foreign policy at home and abroad. She served overseas in South Africa, Germany, India and Italy. She finished out her career as the Office Manager to two Secretaries of State over an eight year period. Just prior to her retirement in 2017, she was among a small group of colleagues that were instrumental in convincing management to lift the decades long FP-03 pay cap for Office Management Specialists and raise it to FP-02. Upon retirement she was the first ever OMS recipient of the Department of State Distinguished Service Award. Throughout her career she also received the Distinguished Honor Award and several Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was a secretary at the Washington, DC law firm of Arent Fox and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
After retirement, she was the Executive Assistant to the President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2019-2021. During that time she assisted then President William J. Burns in overseeing Carnegie regional programs in Washington, Brussels, New Delhi, Moscow, Beijing and Beirut.