Executive Director in Austin, Texas
Claire England is Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), one of the nation’s top angel investing networks. A native Austinite, her background includes more than 18 years of executive and nonprofit leadership. She worked on local and international startup ecosystem projects for clients including SXSW Interactive, Tech Ranch, and St. Edward’s University before joining CTAN. She also serves as a public speaker, moderating panels and giving solo talks and keynotes at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival, the San Marcos Innovation Summit, and more.
Previously, Claire 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,” 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 the first 10 years of her career 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, an Austin-based social media startup.
Claire volunteers her time with several organizations, including having served as Founding Advisory Board member for the World Economic Forum’s Austin Global Shapers Hub, Startup America’s Austin Chair, and Mentor to social impact accelerator, UnLtd USA. In 2013, she was named a finalist for the Profiles in Power – Women of Influence Award from the Austin Business Journal.
A native Austinite, 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.