Co-founder and COO
Claire has dedicated her career to using ingenuity and technology to solve real human problems, especially with diverse teams of hardworking, compassionate people. Before True Link, Claire worked at a range of mission-driven organizations. At The Bridgespan Group (Bain & Co’s social sector affiliate) she advised nonprofits on how to increase their social impact; at Teach for America, she helped recruit college students to become teachers; at the venture capital firm Innovation Endeavors, she founded a wellness app as a Runway Entrepreneur.
Claire has also volunteered with a range of nonprofit organizations, including as a college instructor for people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison with the Prison University Project (Now Mt. Tamalpais College), as a Leadership Council member at Shepherd’s Center Of America, an interfaith organization which focuses on supporting elders to age well in community, and as Board Member for the Prison Law office, which advocates for the civil rights of incarcerated people. As a young person Claire co-founded arts volunteer organizations affiliated with her high school and university, each of which are still actively bringing student-led arts engagement programs to communities in Florida and New York today. Claire is also dedicated to contributing to equity within the technology sector, as a member of communities like Leaders in Tech and as advisor to other mission-driven startups. Claire was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and holds a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from Columbia University.
Claire speaks and presents on a wide range of topics from using technology tools to operate organizations to innovation that serves older adults to preventing elder exploitation. She has been featured by Y Combinator in Female Founder Stories: Claire McDonnell, Founder of True Link Financial and Claire McDonnell and Jennifer Kim on Building an Inclusive Company Culture, Wharton Fintech in Empowering the Vulnerable with Financial Tools — Claire McDonnell, Co-Founder of True Link (on SoundCloud here or Apple Podcasts here), at the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge in Aging 2.0 - Stanford - Claire McDonnell, wrote for Aging in Place on How to Work with Siblings to Care for an Aging Parent, and is a member of the Care 100 List and >The Most Influential Women in Finance on Twitter (even though she doesn’t regularly use Twitter).
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