Seth Hertlein

Seth Hertlein

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Seth Hertlein is Vice President and Global Head of Policy at Ledger, a world leader in critical digital asset security and utility. He leads Ledger's growing policy team responsible for promoting economic freedom across the platform's global footprint, with a particular focus on policy development in Europe. Hertlein has extensive experience in blockchain policy, having previously served as the first Head of Policy & Government Relations for the Stellar Development Foundation, where he oversaw all aspects of the foundation’s engagement in digital asset policy, legislation, and regulation globally. Prior to SDF, he was a founding member of the Washington office of FS Investments, a leading alternative investment manager. Before that, he was a securities regulator focused on adapting regulatory policy toward the burgeoning fintech industry. Today, Hertlein also serves on the Board of Directors of the Blockchain Association, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a pro-innovation policy environment for the digital asset economy.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Since joining the company in 2022, he has built Ledger's global public policy.

  • He has led a team of government relations professionals in addressing the regulatory implication of Ledger's growing support for Web3 applications.

  • He also led the team in ventures in NFTs, staking, enterprise solutions, transactional services, and more. 


  • During his time at SDF, he was one of the earliest crypto-focused policy professionals in Washington.

  • Under his leadership, SDF has testified before the House Financial Services Committee alongside the biggest names in the blockchain industry.

  • At FS Investments, he participated in passing the first modernization of the laws governing business development companies. 

  • Before that, he served as a Discovery Attorney for WilmerHale.


  • He has been featured or interviewed at various financial media outlets and publications, including Reuters, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, and more.

  • He has been featured at Blockworks and Cointelegraph, among others.

  • He appeared as a guest in the 2023 Real Vision Festival of Learning.