Claire Kreger-Boaz is a Senior Project Manager for NAMM Public Affairs and Government Relations and The NAMM Foundation. Claire’s primary job in both roles is to listen to NAMM Members and to the larger musical community to assess whether their needs align with NAMM’s mission to strengthen the music products industry and to promote the pleasures and benefits of making music. Claire’s portfolio reflects this work through the content she produces, including: Talking Up Music Education, a podcast by The NAMM Foundation; The Grand Rally for Music Education at The NAMM Show; GenNext college music program; and the NAMM Music Education D.C. Fly-In to name just a few of her projects.
Claire’s defining characteristic is her curiosity. In fact, her first step in managing any project, event, or a new relationship with a partner organization is to allow herself to get really curious about the project’s objectives, goals, and end-user experience. Claire likes to explore many versions of an idea before she moves into strategic planning and implementation. She is an efficient dreamer who uses design thinking to manifest the best possible experience for everyone involved.
Claire graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in English Literature, and a concentration in women’s studies. Claire’s training, love of a good story, and her ability to turn connections into long-lasting relationships led to a 15-year career in the publishing industry as a writer, editor, and acquisitions editor before coming to NAMM in 2014.
Claire’s goal is to inspire others to identify their passion and then to take action:Become an advocate; Pick up an instrument; Follow through on an idea you shared with a colleague and tabled for a later time. Every experience Claire has had—both professionally and personally—informs her work, her relationships, and her outlook on life.
5 Fun Facts about Claire
1.Claire has been doing improv comedy for four years and started a musical improv team called Gals & Dolls, which improvises a story set to music. They make the lyrics up on the spot while telling a story to music!
2. Claire didn’t think she would get a job when she graduated college with her English degree, so she immediately went to bartending school and then got a job as a bartender in Cantwell, AK. A long way from NJ!
3. Claire once wrote a one-act musical play about an all-girl, Journey’s Greatest Hits cover band, called “Anyway You Want it.” She cast her friends and rented out a theater for a sold-out audience of 60 people.
4. Claire has authored many nonfiction books for reluctant readers, including a biography on Lady Gaga; a series of books on how Homes, Cheese, and Jelly Beans get made; and was a ghostwriter for several well-known self-help and nonfiction books.
5. Claire volunteered for three different domestic violence programs for many years where she started a tutoring and special events program for the children at the family shelters.