Claire England is an entrepreneur advocate who works with organizations that have a high impact on startups, including Tech Ranch, RISE, and SXSW. She also serves as Austin Chair for the Startup America Partnership, a national network of startup communities dedicated to advancing the success of American startups. At Tech Ranch, Claire is Managing Director of Global Expansion & New Initiatives. Tech Ranch is a vibrant community of tech startups and comprehensive programs supporting entrepreneurs. At SXSW, she is working on projects to engage international startups with SXSW's annual spring conference, an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity.
At RISE, Claire continues to direct the annual RISE conference, after serving as the organization's Executive Director for two years. RISE – a Relationship & Information Series for Entrepreneurs – is Austin's free, decentralized conference series serving thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners. RISE was named one of the nationwide "Must-Attend Conferences for Entrepreneurs" by Forbes in 2013. As the steward for RISE, Claire has demonstrated her talents for successfully partnering with both national brands and local community organizations and building strong connections with business leaders. In August 2013, Claire received the Profiles in Power - Women of Influence Finalist Award from the Austin Business Journal.
Claire's background also encompasses public relations, digital marketing, event management, and fundraising. She spent 10+ years in nonprofit management at organizations such as Foundation Communities, Caritas of Austin, and Houston Grand Opera. Prior to joining RISE, Claire worked in the private sector as a digital media strategist and served as Senior Accounts Director for KBJOnline, a boutique social media startup. She is a cum laude graduate of Texas State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication – Public Relations.
Dedicated to accelerating social impact in her community, Claire currently serves on the advisory board for Austin's new Global Shapers Hub, a program of the World Economic Forum, and on the steering committee of IMPACT Texas, a statewide summit focused on impact investing and social entrepreneurship. A native Austinite, she spends her free time racing in sprint triathlons, traveling, reading, and listening to live music.
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