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Wall Street Journal Features Alumna’s Path to Microsoft

Claire Bonilla '95 knew she wanted a philanthropic career after running a community affairs and volunteerism group during her time at Willamette. Today she coordinates Microsoft's global relief efforts following natural disasters.

Her path to "corporate do-gooder" was featured in a recent issue of The Wall Street Journal. After majoring in economics and German at Willamette, she went on to earn a master's degree from the London School of Economics before getting a job as an organizational efficiency consultant for Ernst & Young, a Big Four accounting firm.

Later she joined Microsoft, and for the past year and a half she has coordinated the company's disaster response. When Microsoft learns about a disaster such as a flood, hurricane or earthquake, it works with response organizations to set up real-time communication and provide them with maps and information.

"I'm a philanthropist by nature," Bonilla said in the article. "From the time I was young, I've always been involved in volunteering, reaching out and helping communities. This position marries my passions outside of work with my experience in information technology."

Bonilla also offers advice to people seeking a similar career, including the importance of developing a strong background in global relations.

To read the entire article, visit the Wall Journal Online.