Blockchain Association Announces Additions of Jake Chervinsky and Dave Grimaldi as Executive Vice Presidents

Industry Expert and Policy Veteran Bring Wealth of Knowledge to Key Executive Roles for the Leading Crypto Association

WASHINGTON, DC (November 10, 2021) – Today, the Blockchain Association announced the addition of two Executive Vice Presidents; Jake Chervinsky, Head of Policy, and Dave Grimaldi, Head of Government Relations.

Jake joins the Blockchain Association from Compound Labs, the developer of a leading DeFi protocol, where he served as General Counsel. Prior to this role, he represented individual and corporate clients in cryptocurrency-related securities and commodities litigation at Kobre & Kim LLP. Leveraging his extensive industry experience and through numerous appearances in prominent media outlets, Jake has established himself as a leading voice in the active debate shaping current crypto and DeFi regulations. Recently, he worked alongside the Blockchain Association to actively oppose a misguided crypto regulatory provision in the bipartisan infrastructure bill, successfully elevating the issue to a focal point of national debate.

Dave joins the Blockchain Association with more than a decade of experience in various policy roles, both inside and outside of government. Most recently, Dave led the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) policy team as an Executive Vice President, advocating for innovation and online privacy-related issues before Congress, federal agencies, and in state and international capitals. Dave also brings valuable experience as the former Director of Public Affairs at Pandora Media. Prior to these positions, Dave worked in the federal government, serving as Senior Counsel for the Office of Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and Chief of Staff to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

Kristin Smith, Executive Director of the Blockchain Association, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Jake and Dave to the Blockchain Association team at a critical time for the development of the crypto economy. As we have seen over the past few months, the national regulatory and policy-making conversation is increasingly focused on crypto networks and their impact on the broader economy. Jake and Dave both bring unique skill sets to this debate; Jake will take the lead as we continue to define a pro-growth, pro-consumer regulatory approach to crypto, while Dave will help ensure that emerging legislation and regulations affecting blockchain innovators and consumers get the attention they deserve from those that matter most in Washington, D.C. We look forward to working with these new team members towards our goal to help the crypto industry thrive and position the U.S. as the global leader in this once-in-a-generation innovation.”