Executive Director in Austin, Texas
Claire brings 18 years of executive and nonprofit leadership experience to her role as Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) in Austin, Texas, the most active single-chapter angel investing group in North America. A significant source of early-stage capital to entrepreneurs, CTAN is a diverse group of 165 members with over $75M USD invested in 135+ companies since 2006.
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 the RISE conference: 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 also 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 USD 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.
Claire volunteers her time as Founding Advisory Board member for the World Economic Forum's Austin Global Shapers Hub and as a mentor for UnLtd USA, a social impact accelerator. She is a frequent speaker, moderator, and judge at startup events such as the Rice Business Plan Competition, Hamburg's Startups@Reeperbahn, and SXSW Interactive.
In 2013, she was a finalist for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power – Women of Influence Award. A cum laude graduate of Texas State University, Claire holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication – Public Relations, and a minor in Music (cello and vocal performance).