Claire England brings 19 years of executive and nonprofit leadership to her role as Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN). She joined the organization in December 2014 and has led it to become the most active single-chapter angel group in the nation.
Claire is a Fellow in Class 21 of the Kauffman Fellowship, a prestigious two-year, Silicon Valley-based leadership program for venture capitalists and innovators of all kinds. More than 470 Kauffman Fellows have collectively deployed nearly $200B in capital and created more than 750,000 jobs worldwide. Graduates lead venture capital, government, corporate, university, and startup innovation efforts in more than 40 countries.
Prior to CTAN, Claire worked with local and international startup ecosystem projects, including SXSW Interactive, Tech Ranch, and St. Edward’s University. Previously, she was Executive Director of RISE: the Relationship & Information Series for Entrepreneurs. Under her leadership, RISE became a Forbes “Must-Attend 2013 Conference for Entrepreneurs” and more than doubled its impact on Austin’s startup ecosystem through new relationships with investors, business leaders, and corporate partners.
Claire is a frequent speaker, moderator, and judge at startup events such as the Rice Business Plan Competition, Hamburg’s Startups@Reeperbahn & Reeperbahn Festival, Munich’s Bits & Pretzels, and SXSW Interactive. She volunteers her time as a mentor and advisor; community roles include the Austin Hub of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, NewCo Austin, UnLtd USA, and more.
In 2013, she was a finalist for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power – Women of Influence Award. A Cum Laude and Dean’s List graduate of Texas State University, Claire holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication – Public Relations, minor in Music (cello, vocal performance).