Clare grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
After she finished school, Clare studied Law at Monash Uni in Clayton. While she was at university, Clare was elected to the City of Dandenong Council and a year later she became the youngest female mayor in Australian history, at 23.
After graduating from Monash Uni, Clare traveled to Harvard University in the US to study Public Policy. While she was there she lived in Boston and New York and worked in the New York Stock Exchange.
Clare has served as an advisor to the Office of the Commonwealth Treasurer and has worked as a consultant with CEOs around Australia in key industries including mining, manufacturing, banking and retail.
In 2010, Clare worked with Aboriginal communities in East Arnhem Land on business development.
Clare has a special interest in economics, Indigenous Australia and the welfare of children.
Clare was elected to Federal Parliament in 2013. She represents the electorate of Hotham in Melbourne's South East, which stretches from Mount Waverley in the north to Springvale in the south and is home to over 130,000 people. Hotham is one of the most diverse electorates in Australia, with 35% of residents born overseas.
Clare was appointed to the Shadow Ministry as the Shadow Minister for Justice in 2016 and was also appointed Shadow Minister for Financial Services in 2018.
Clare lives with her partner, Brendan, and their two sons.
Hotham includes all of Bentleigh East, Clarinda, Clayton, Huntingdale, Oakleigh and Wheelers Hill. It also includes parts of Chadstone, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave and Springvale.