A native Austinite with years of nonprofit experience creating grassroots awareness for social causes, Claire England has channeled her expertise and passion into helping entrepreneurs through programs providing real impact on startups in Austin and internationally.

She currently works as an entrepreneur program consultant, where clients have included SXSW Interactive and Tech Ranch accelerator. Previously, she was Executive Director of the RISE conference – Relationship & Information Series for Entrepreneurs. For SXSW, Claire created a vital new program for international startups, welcoming entrepreneurs from more than 35 countries. For Tech Ranch, she collaborated with major organizations to promote entrepreneur success, and she produced the largest sponsorship and event in Tech Ranch history, partnering with startup leaders from Seoul, Korea.

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

Under her leadership, RISE became a Forbes "Must-Attend 2013 Conference for Entrepreneurs," more than doubling its impact through new relationships with partners like Dell and American Airlines. As the steward for RISE, she demonstrated her talents for successfully partnering with national brands and local community organizations and building strong connections with business and startup leaders.

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. 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.

Dedicated to accelerating social impact in her community, Claire advises millenial leaders through Austin's Global Shapers Hub and serves on the steering committee of IMPACT Texas, a statewide summit on impact investing. She spends her free time racing in sprint triathlons, traveling, reading, playing the cello, and listening to live music.