Christa Freeland

Global Shaper, Austin Hub,

STARTUPS & TECHNOLOGY

Christa Freeland has been on the founding team of multiple startups driven by her eye for unique applications and implications of pioneering technology.

She is an entrepreneur and Managing Director at Powershift Group, a tech venture studio that founds, funds, and grows early-stage companies. She has worked for seven years on the early operations and special projects team to launch startups, as well as look for opportunities to buy, build, or partner for new technologies in the Powershift portfolio. She is also an Investor Fellow at Next Wave Impact, a micro venture capital firm that invests in minority founders working in impact. In 2015 she created a young professionals’ networking app called The Dime Club. In 2016 she cofounded a coworking startup called Switch Cowork, that turns under-utilized restaurants into shared work spaces.

GOVERNMENT INNOVATION

In 2018 Christa joined the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers organization for young leadership. She was tapped to help Austin Mayor Adler’s re-election team, and created and led a successful and award-winning campaign focused on using technology in new ways to reach next generation voters. This campaign won a Silver Pollie from the American Association of Political Consultants and was a finalist in the Campaigns & Elections’ Reed Awards. She also worked with community partners and local startup networks to launch and operate ATX Startup Vote.

Christa has been recognized by Mayor Adler for her service and work within the local government on two separate occasions: In 2016 she was the youngest appointment to a seven person committee for the City of Austin's Grant for Technology Opportunities Program. There, she advised the Technology and Telecommunications Commission on a city fund for nonprofits addressing access to technology. In 2017 she was asked to be the first official social media ambassador for the City of Austin’s exclusive CityWorks Academy. There, she met with the heads of each major department in the local government and gained insider access to better understand city operations.

AFFILIATIONS

2019 - Texas State University Alumni Board Director - She will serve for 3 years in the following committees: finance, endowment, and new Alumni Center.
2019 - Venture Capital School - First graduating class via partnerships launched by BerkleyLaw and the National Venture Capital Association, hosted at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business
2018 - “Emerging REALITY” Program - First group for the invite-only, emerging tech division of “REALITY”, a week-long young leadership initiative hosted in Israel by the Schusterman Foundation
2017 - Project Entrepreneur Alumna and Scholarship Recipient - A UBS and Rent the Runway intensive program in NYC that supports female founders

ABOUT

Showing intuition, ambition, and talent for technology and art early in her life, Christa started creating websites in 2003. At age 16 she took on leadership roles in the high school yearbook staff, winning awards in layout design and journalism.

She has now worked in a variety of organizations including: agency, political campaign, startup, skunkworks, and moonshot. Christa enjoys attending events that focus on: entrepreneurs, emerging technology, young leadership, global economics, and creativity. These include: World Economic Forum/”Davos”, Burning Man, World Entrepreneur of the Year, Forbes Under 30, EY's Strategic Growth Forum, Microsoft Convergence, SXSW Interactive, and more.

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