• The World economic forum

    The Global Shapers Community is a youth initiative of the World Economic Forum, with active hubs in 450 cities around the globe. We believe in a world where young people are central to solution building, policy-making and lasting change.

    The Global Shapers Community is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 years old who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. To that end, Hubs undertake local projects to improve their communities.


    Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events.

  • Initiatives

    Our Past and Current Projects

    Affordable Austin

    Affordable Housing Audit and Housing Incubator

    In 2016, Shapers set out to examine the ideal of a welcoming city and quickly realized that affordability was one of the biggest identified challenges for Austin residents. As a result, the Shapers began a MFI study on the 78702 area of Austin, historically East Austin, partnering with professors from the University of Texas and Huston Tillotson to publish a white paper on the subject. In 2017, the work grew to include an affordable housing resident research survey and the group was also accepted into Impact Hub's Housing Accelerator. Today, two Shapers sit on the board.

    Facebook Chat Bot

    Engaging Young Voters

    Ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections, our aim is to get more youth engaged through voter registration and turn out. Leading up to the election, we will pilot a Facebook Chat Bot that will answer questions around the voting process.

    Smartphone Literacy Training

    Welcoming City Partnership with El Buen Samaritano

    In 2016, The Austin Shapers worked in coordination with El Buen Samaritano to host a series of smartphone training programs to better introduce communities not yet adapted to web based technology to connect them with useful resources on the web through greater smartphone accessibility.

  • Membership

    Meet the Austin Shaper Hub Members

    Eiman Siddiqui

    Chief of Staff

    Texas Legislature

    Vice Curator:
    Kevin Chandra

    Power Systems Engineer
    Austin Energy

    Zev Jonathan Bimstein

    Associate Product Manager


    Riley Blanks

    Woke Beauty

    Maggie Burke

    Agency Partner


    Virginia Cumberbatch


    Cmmunity Engagement Center (CEC)

    Francisco Enriquez

    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Glasshouse Policy

    Christa Freeland

    Entrepreneur in Residence, Managing Director
    Powershift Group

    Katie Rose Gurkin

    Castle Creek Entertainment

    Liv Hadden


    Self-Aware Millennial

    Mina Hanna

    Senior Applications Consultant

    Synopsys Inc.

    Madeline Krebs

    Senior Account Executive


    Lucy Nguyen

    Donor Relations Specialist

    Central Texas Food Bank

    Kelly Pratt

    Program Operations Specialist

    Texas CASA Inc.

    Valerie Nelson Ray

    Program Manager

    Iodine Software

    Alexis Taylor


    3 Day Startup

    Jessie Wang

    International Strategy


    Victoria Zuber

    Data & Policy Analyst

    High Street Consulting

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