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Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith

Formal First Name
Kristin

Kristin Smith is the Executive Director of Blockchain Association, the unified voice of blockchain and cryptocurrency industry, where she leads the crypto industry's development of a strategic roadmap for public policy. In her role, Kristin serves as a liaison and the crypto industry to assist in the creation of legislation and regulation that promotes the growth of the crypto ecosystem in the United States. She is an experienced policy professional, with senior-level experience in both House and Senate offices as well as private sector experience advocating for companies in the telecommunications, Internet, and other tech-focused industries. Prior to leading the Blockchain Association, Kristin helped blockchain and technology companies achieve their public policy objectives in Washington. She is also a leading, public voice advocating for the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry through top-tier media interviews, op-eds and letters to the editor, and global speaking engagements.

Professional Experience


Academic History

EARLY CAREER

  • Kristin served as a Senate and congressional aide on Capitol Hill for nearly ten years, much of which was spent focusing on technology policy.

  • She co-founded HODLpac and currently serves on the organization’s board of directors, and sits on the Board of Advisors of the Filecoin Foundation.


HONORS & RECOGNITIONS

  • 2022 CoinTelegraph Top 100 Influencers in Crypto and Blockchain

  • 2021 CoinDesk 50 People Who Defined the Year in Crypto

  • 2021 Maverick PAC Future 40 Award Class

  • 2021 Washington Magazine Tech Titan

  • 2021 Modern Consensus 100 Most Influential People in Crypto

  • 2021 The Hill Top Lobbyists

  • 2020 Fortune 40 Under 40, Government and Politics

  • 2020 The Hill Top Lobbyists

  • Washingtonian's 500 Most Influential People in Public Policy


AFFILIATIONS

  • Board Member, Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web

  • Board Member, Skybridge Capital’s G and GII Funds

  • Board Member, Flow Foundation

  • Board Member, Prime Trust

  • Advisor, Blockshop DC


MEDIA & APPEARANCES

  • Kristin has been interviewed in CNBC, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, Forbes, Blockworks, and CoinDesk, among others.

  • She has also appeared as a guest on Real Vision.