Claire Brantley earned the BA and MA in English Literature before joining Harcourt Brace Publishers as a junior editor of college textbooks; she developed Frank Tirro’s Jazz Appreciation textbook in addition to many others. She was promoted to a position as a book rep with the sales division of Harcourt. She eventually earned the role of Vice President for Sales at Pearson Education, the world’s largest educational publishing company, where she managed a team of 45 sales reps/managers and over $150 million in revenue.

While a Pearson Sales VP, she also served as the Managing Editor for the International Trombone Association Journal, redesigning and redeveloping the quarterly journal with a team of volunteers as staff. She left Pearson in 2013 to return to editorial work at McGraw-Hill Education, where she is now Executive Portfolio Manager for the Social Sciences in Sociology, Anthropology, Health, and Fitness & Wellness.

Claire has previously served on the board of the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, leading the group’s social media and fund-raising efforts. She is married to trombonist Tom Brantley, and they live in Tampa with their 20-year-old son Carter. Golden retriever Archie and miniature schnauzer Wolfie complete their family.