Employee Spotlight: Clara Ritterman-Peña

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Introducing Clara, our Client Relations Manager. In her role, Clara responds to inquiries, meets with prospective clients, and oversees the flow of our intake department. She is a crucial member of the team. 

Role at Crumiller: 

Client Relations Manager 

Favorite Book: 

Matilda by Roald Dahl 

Hometown: 

Westchester, New York 

Describe your morning routine: 

In the morning, I send a good text to my family group chat, usually while drinking flavored coffee. I also scroll through TikTok for silly or cute videos that will motivate me throughout my day. 

How long have you been at Crumiller? 

I started with the firm in September 2021. 

What drew you to Crumiller? 

One of my friends interned here and told me about a job opening at the firm so I started looking into it. I have a history of doing work with equality and wanting to use my voice to help others, so I thought it would be a good match. In high school, I did the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, a young women’s empowerment leadership program that taught me a lot about equality, being a good leader, and activism. The Institute was an impactful experience, and the firm holds a lot of similar traits which I thought was a great sign.   

Throughout the Crumiller hiring process, I became further connected to the work of the firm as I was being sexually harassed by my employer at the time. I thought about how coincidental it would be to start working there after the harassment I faced. I was lucky enough to have that happen.  

Favorite Crumiller Memory: 

I always like the summer retreat that we do. It’s a day filled with swimming, playing games, and bonding with the team. The fact that the firm pretty much closes for the day so we can all relax and have fun is something I appreciate and look forward to.  

What advice would you give to someone just getting started in this field? 

Come to work feeling ready to get stuff done, but don’t punish yourself if you can’t be 100% every single day. Some days you just can’t be. You have to take care of yourself, especially if you’re working in a field where you hear a lot of trauma. It can be exhausting even if you don’t realize it.  

What would you like to accomplish in your career? 

I studied politics and journalism while in college and quickly realized that politics wasn’t the most efficient way to help people, it’s just working to get people with power even more power. I’m highly motivated by having an avenue to write, be creative, and help other people. I want to continue advocating for people and have been thinking about going to law school. 

Who are some of your biggest inspirations? 

A big inspiration for me is a lot of family members I never actually met. My dad is Mexican, and my mom is Jewish, so both sides of my family faced their own struggles throughout history. I grew up hearing stories about my relatives who had horrific experiences but continued to be generous, kind, and find joy every day.  

What do you do in your free time? 

I take care of myself by surrounding myself with a lot of joyous comedic things. If I’m not working, most of the time I’m learning about or watching comedy. I want to get back into doing stand-up, which I did for about a year or so. I also enjoy watching a good movie, especially quality psychological thrillers.  

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