Claire England brings 20 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 one of the largest, most active angel investing groups in North America.
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 525 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 Austin Chamber’s OA Capital Committee, World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Austin Hub, NewCo Austin, 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).
Claire Hansen joins CTAN 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.