Claire England

A native Austinite with years of nonprofit experience creating grassroots awareness for social causes, Claire England has channeled her expertise and passion into programs providing real impact on startups in Austin and internationally. She currently works as an entrepreneur program consultant and public speaker; clients have included SXSW Interactive and Tech Ranch accelerator. She most recently spoke at Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival on "Building a Healthy Entrepreneur Ecosystem."

For SXSW, Claire created a vital program for international startups and investors, welcoming entrepreneurs from more than 35 countries. For Tech Ranch, she collaborated with major organizations to promote entrepreneur success, and produced the largest sponsorship and event in Tech Ranch history, partnering with startup leaders from Seoul, Korea.

Previously, she was Executive Director of the RISE conference – 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 ecosystem through new relationships with investors, business leaders, and corporate partners like Dell and American Airlines. As the steward for RISE, she demonstrated her talents for organizational leadership, member development, event management, and building successful partnerships and strong community relationships.

Claire spent 10+ years in nonprofit management at organizations such as Foundation Communities, Caritas of Austin, and Houston Grand Opera. Prior to joining RISE, she worked in the private sector as a digital media strategist and served as Senior Accounts Director for KBJOnline, a boutique social media startup.

Claire volunteers her time with several organizations, including serving as Startup Texas / Startup America's Austin Chair and as Founding Advisory Board member for World Economic Forum's Austin Global Shapers Hub. In 2013, she received the Profiles in Power – Women of Influence Finalist Award from Austin Business Journal.

She is a cum laude graduate of Texas State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication – Public Relations, Minor in Music – Cello, Voice Performance. She spends her free time racing in sprint triathlons, traveling, reading, playing the cello, and listening to live music.