Claudia Kirk Barto - JA Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast

Claudia Kirk Barto currently serves as the President of Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast furthering JA's mission to connect volunteers to the classroom, teaching students the skills needed to succeed in the global economy in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to empower young people to own their economic success. Claudia loves to share her stories wherever she goes about the amazing young people sh meets and the JA programs.

Claudia has over 20 years of non-profit leadership experience, most recently as Executive Director of the Lupus Foundation of America Southeast Florida Chapter. She has also worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Palm Beach Area Chapter, and United Way of Palm Beach County. Claudia grew up in Palm Beach wheere philanthropy is a way of life. She is proud daughter of Former Florida Governer Claude Kirk.

She is a graduate of the Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2014, serves on the boards of City of West Palm Beach Education Advisory Board, Treasure of The West Palm Beach Rotary Club, President of Conniston Middle School PTO, South Olive Elementary SAC and an active volunteer for West Palm Beach Police Athletic League and many other community organizations.

In April 2000, she was appointed to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women by Comptroller Bob Milligan, then reappointed by CFO Tom Gallagher and Commissioner of Agriculture Adaam Putnam. She enjoyed her many leadership roles on the commission, as Chair from 2008-2009 and most recently 2011-2012 Chair of the Florida Women's Hall of Fame. After serving on the commission for 12 years, she now serves on the board of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women Foundation.

She received her Associate's degree from Palm Beach State College and Bachelor's degree n Communications from Florida State University.

Claudia lives in West Palm Beach with her twwo sons, Wen and Kirk, and daughter Marina.