Donna Redel

Donna Redel

Formal First Name
1953 - present

Donna Redel is a Professor of Blockchain-Digital Assets at the Fordham University School of Law. She is a highly respected businesswoman and angel investor who has managed global organizations for more than 30 years, particularly working in financial performance and governance issues. Redel made history in 1992 when she became the first woman to be elected Chairman of the Board of Commodity Exchange. During her tenure, she completed a merger with the New York Mercantile Exchange, creating the world’s largest physical commodity exchange.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Redel was the first woman to chair a US exchange. She was responsible for day-to-day management, functional and financial oversight performance, cleared all principal futures exchanges.
  • She is known for growing a major portion of the Forum’s income base while expanding both geographic and gender diversity.


  • Redel developed and is teaching two courses at Fordham Law School, one on Blockchain-Crypto Currencies-Digital Assets and the other on DeFi and Smart Contracts

  • The focus of her public service efforts is the environment, the arts, health, and promoting women’s leadership.