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Claire McLeveighn - Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Manhattan Island, USA  

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Claire McLeveighn is the Director of External Affairs and International Relations for the City of Atlanta.  In this capacity she oversees the city's government relations on the state, federal and regional levels and directs the international programs and activities of the Mayor's Office.  Ms. McLeveighn staffs the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission on behalf of Mayor Franklin, providing leadership and guidance to the Cityís 18 sister cities committees.  She also serves as the point of contact for Atlanta ís permanent and honorary consulates and bi-national chambers of commerce, and international trade offices.

In 2002, Ms. McLeveighn became a charter member of Protocol and Diplomacy, International / National Protocol Officers Association, and was elected to its board of directors.  In 2003, Ms. McLeveighn joined the board of directors of the World Trade Center-Atlanta. Ms. McLeveighn was appointed to the International Affairs Advisory Board of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, Kennesaw State University in October 2003, and is Mayor Shirley Franklinís representative to the International Affairs Advisory Council of the Georgia Secretary of Stateís Office; CIFAL (Centre International Formation Acteur Locaux) Atlanta; and to the Atlanta Committee for CARE, USA, (ACFC), serving as ACFCís liaison to the CARE Advocacy Network (CAN, Washington, DC). She also serves on the board of directors of the Georgia-China Alliance, the China Business Alliance of the World Trade Center-Atlanta, and the International Association of Caribbean Organizations.  Ms. McLeveighn is a member of the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA) and the Business Advisory Board of American Intercontinental University (Atlanta-Buckhead).  She also plays viola with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra ( Cobb County , Georgia ) and is a member of the Atlanta Federation of Musicians.

Ms. McLeveighn earned a bachelor of arts in sociology from Brown University, and a masterís degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.