Clare C. Giesen is currently the executive director of the National Women's Political Caucus. She has more than 20 years of experience in organizing and fundraising on behalf of electing qualified pro-choice women to local, state, and national office. In her home state of Texas, Giesen played a critical role in the management of two pivotal races that elected women to public office: the victory of Ann Richards as the first modern female governor of Texas, and the election of Kathryn Whitmire as the first woman mayor of Houston. She has also held leadership positions in a number of other successful campaigns, including the Clinton-Gore campaign in Houston, Texas.
Giesen has a strong background in grassroots organizing and coalition building, public affairs, and strategic communications. As a presidential appointee for the Clinton administration, she served as senior advisor on environmental and energy issues for the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture. She also served as White House and intergovernmental liaison for the secretary of the Department of Energy. She was chief of staff for Congressman Mike Andrews, acting as his representative in Houston and the state of Texas.
As an instructor of sociology for Houston Community College, Giesen incorporated her interest in gender issues while teaching courses on marriage and the family, social problems, and introductory sociology. She holds a master's degree in sociology from the University of Houston, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Louisiana State University.