"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
- Helen Keller
By connecting people, we craft partnerships that strengthen organizations and build a strong sense of community.
We work with high-integrity enterprises led by incredible individuals who are interested in creating greater access to economic prosperity through technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
So what exactly do you do?
This is a common question as our approach is unique. We begin with curiosity around one central question... Who is doing interesting things around important issues that make a substantial impact? Once the answer emerges, we jump in and provide value. We connect people, amplify voices, educate on important issues and work to contribute to outcomes that produce real and tangible benefit.
Connecting people to do good things
Economic access for all
Partnership & Business Development
Tech Policy Social & Civic Impact
How We Work
Intercambio works with a dispersed network of industry experts, consultants, designers and specialists to deliver as-needed support specific to each project and event.
We begin with exploration. We listen with the intention of developing a deep understanding of the motivating factors. Once the foundation is set, we move on to aligning people around shared values. Then we call upon an extensive network of experts to educate and inform. We encourage partnerships, expand access and build influence.
The natural result is a committed group of passionate people who are motivated to create positive outcomes.
Chelsea is dedicated to fostering collaboration across the public and private sector in order to connect and engage communities to solve civic challenges. Her current focus on Smart Cities unifies her experience in tech, policy, social impact, civic engagement and entrepreneurship.
Chelsea is a Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellow and will travel to China in Fall 2016 to study Smart City innovation. She documents her research on a community platform she created, Digi.City, and is a contributor to RCR Wireless and Industrial IoT 5G. Chelsea is a Co-Founder of Impact Hub Austin, a local co-working and community space for social and civic enterprises that is a part a global network of more than 80 Impact Hubs around the world.
She is also co-Founder of two other start-ups, Wake Up, a professional and personal development company and Mable, a social enterprise that produces modular furniture from sustainable materials manufactured in the USA. Through her consulting company, Intercambio, she advises multiple startups and projects that seek to make a positive impact on the world.
From 2012-2015, Chelsea was the Executive Director Texans for Economic Progress (TEP) and now engages as a Strategic Advisor where she continues to facilitate dialogue between the statewide technology community and elected officials, advocating for greater access to tech education, entrepreneurship and infrastructure. Prior, she served as the Founding Director for RISE, an annual Austin-based entrepreneurs conference, Marketing Director at Rev Worldwide. a mission-focused fintech start-up; and served in the Texas Governor’s Office in Economic Development.
She is active in several organizations that encourage economic solutions to global challenges including St Edwards’ University’s Dean’s Advisory & Development Council for The Bill Munday School of Business, an Executive Committee member of The Seton 50, Advisor to the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, UnltdUSA and Food + City. She served as Vice Chair and Commissioner for the City of Austin Community Technology & Telecommunications Commission from 2013 - 2015. She is a Leadership Austin graduate (2010); Austin Under 40 Award recipient in Science & Technology (2015) and a BPE Ascendant Award recipient (2013), and an ABJ Profiles in Power Finalist (2013). Chelsea has masters and bachelor degrees in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.