Claudia Risner, CAPT (ret), is a veteran who served on active duty for 29 years with the U.S. Navy, serving both stateside and overseas as a Fleet Support Officer and Foreign Area Officer. After her active-duty service, she went back to school to earn her PhD in International Studies. Since returning to New Mexico, Claudia has been active in her community as a volunteer; community activist; Ward 22B Vice Chair, member of SPARC and the SCC, Delegate to the DNC, 2020 candidate for Senate District 19, Board Member for the Veterans Integration Center, and Chair of the VMFC since 2021. As Chair, Claudia fully utilizes her leadership, organization, communication, and collaboration skills to advocate for fellow veterans, active duty servicemembers, and our families in New Mexico. Reach Claudia directly at

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