Claire England brings two decades of executive and community leadership to her role as Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN). She joined the organization in December 2014. During her tenure, CTAN has become one of the largest, most active angel investing groups in the U.S.
Claire is a Class 21 graduate of Kauffman Fellows, the prestigious two-year, Silicon Valley-based executive education program for venture capital and innovation leadership. More than 585 Kauffman Fellows have deployed nearly $200B in capital globally. Graduates lead 500+ VC firms, corporate venture, angel, university, government, and startup innovation efforts in 42 countries.
Prior to CTAN, Claire built local and international startup ecosystem strategy for SXSW Interactive, Tech Ranch, and St. Edward’s University. She was also Executive Director of RISE: the Relationship & Information Series for Entrepreneurs. Under her leadership, RISE became a Forbes “Must-Attend 2013 Conference for Entrepreneurs,” more than doubling its impact on Austin’s startup community through new relationships with investors, community leaders, and corporate partners.
Claire is a frequent speaker, moderator, and judge at national and international innovation events. She volunteers her time as a mentor and advisor at startup accelerators, Austin Chamber’s Capital Committee, and World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Austin Hub. She is also a Class 23 Mentor in the Kauffman Fellows program.
In 2018, Claire received a Kauffman Fellows Leadership Award. She was a 2013 Finalist for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award. A Cum Laude and Dean’s List graduate of Texas State University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations, minor in Music (cello, vocal performance).
Claire Hansen joined CTAN in May 2018 with four years of experience managing, marketing, and improving small or experimental programs at companies of all sizes, including startups. Notably, Claire served as Accelerator Program Coordinator for the Capital Factory Fund, collaborating with entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors.
Most recently, at ModCloth, she conceptualized and implemented a community strategy for the brand’s first and only physical “FitShop” here in Austin. Under her direction, the Community Department executed programming with more than 10 partners each month, driving material improvements in business outcomes for the FitShop.
Claire is an experienced researcher, with expertise in qualitative methods and analysis through her MA in Organizational Communication at Texas A&M University. She holds a Data Analysis Certificate from General Assembly, which allows her to back up the qualitative insights with quantitative data proficiency. She completed her BA in Organizational Communication, Magna Cum Laude, at Pepperdine University.
Claire is excited to bring her unique perspective to her role as Investment Associate at CTAN. In her spare time, she practices yoga, plays the violin in a community orchestra, and enjoys time outdoors.