Rotary Club of Stamford


Claudia Connor, President & C.E.O., International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN) with offices in Stamford, Bridgeport, and Hartford, will address the Rotary Club of Stamford today regarding her agency and their many programs and services for refugees and immigrants in our state. Claudia will be joined by one of IICONN’s clients, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He will share the story of his journey, how he was forced to flee the persecution in his country, his years in refugee camps, and his life since arriving in Connecticut. The Rotary Club of Stamford meets at The Sheraton Hotel, 700 East Main Street, Stamford, Conn. 06901


Claudia has over twenty-five years of program management, advocacy, and legal and strategic leadership experience in the non-profit sector in the United States, Africa and Southeast Asia. Claudia came to IICONN from Save the Children where she developed strategic partnerships with US-based private foundations.  Prior to Save the Children, Claudia held senior positions at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) including Senior Technical Advisor in the Governance & Rights Unit, Regional Director in the US Programs department, and as Director of National Programs.  

Prior to joining the IRC, Claudia worked as a consultant in Africa and Southeast Asia. As a consultant, she worked with UNICEF Myanmar on issues of child trafficking and child soldiers, and with the International Labor Organization’s International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor in Thailand. She worked as a consultant with the Malawi Centre for Advice, Research and Education on Rights, Population Services International, UNDP, The Carter Center and Save the Children in Mozambique on issues including women’s rights, juvenile justice and the impact of HIV/AIDS.

Before moving overseas in 1998, Claudia was a senior trial attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York. She has her JD from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. in History from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.