Our Team

Kristin Smith

Executive Director

Kristin runs the Blockchain Association, where she leads the crypto industry’s development of a strategic roadmap for public policy. 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. Kristin holds an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a graduate degree from Georgetown University.

Jake Chervinsky

Head of Policy

Jake joins as the Blockchain Association’s Head of Policy, and will lead policy efforts in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the crypto industry. Jake is an industry veteran, joining BA 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. Jake earned his B.A. from the George Washington University, and his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Dave Grimaldi

Head of Government Relations

As Head of Government Relations for the Blockchain Association, Dave is the face of the crypto industry on Capitol Hill. Dave has more than a decade of experience in various policy roles, both inside and outside of government. Most recently, he led the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s 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. Prior to this position, Dave opened Pandora’s DC office and also held roles 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. Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, followed by a J.D. at Catholic University Law School.

Mara Abiera

Administrative Manager, Industry Affairs

Mara is the administrative manager for industry affairs at the Blockchain Association. She joins BA with experience in operations and marketing in the space tourism, hospitality, and software industries. Mara received her B.A. from George Mason University in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.

AnnMarie Brockhouse

Executive Assistant

AnnMarie Brockhouse is the executive assistant for the Blockchain Association. She brings over two decades of management and c-suite experience including extensive expertise in client services, operations, administration, human resources, and organizational development. AnnMarie’s goal is to be a strategic partner, trusted confidant, and professional problem solver for her team.

Jae Gnazzo

Senior Policy Manager

Jae Gnazzo is a Senior Policy Manager at the Blockchain Association. Jae Serves as the association’s lead on DeFi, DEI, the Metaverse, NFTs, and Web3. Additionally, Jae is a resource for association membership on international, state, and local policy issues. Before joining the BA, Jae earned a B.A. in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and his Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. 

Lon Goldstein

Public Policy Advisor

Lon Goldstein is President of Goldstein Policy Solutions and has over 20 years of professional experience in public policy. Lon has worked in leadership positions in the financial services and telecommunications industries. Lon served as Senior Vice President, Government Relations at CIT and held a senior position in the Washington office of Merrill Lynch, where he helped manage the firm’s response to the 2008 financial crisis. ​On Capitol Hill, Lon worked as a policy advisor to Congressman Dick Zimmer (R-NJ). He received a BA from Lehigh University and an M.Phil from Glasgow University.

Ron Hammond

Director of Government Affairs

Ron represents the association on Capitol Hill as the Director of Government Relations. Ron’s background in crafting a bipartisan crypto regulatory framework via legislation dates back to 2016 when he served as the Financial Services Policy Lead for Rep. Warren Davidson (OH-8). During Ron’s five years on Capitol Hill, he authored several pieces of legislation including the Token Taxonomy Act, Federal Reserve Regulatory Oversight Act, and the Derivatives Fairness Act. Before coming to Capitol Hill, he was the campaign manager for three successful Texas State Senate races. Ron received his B.A. from Georgetown University. Follow Ron at @RonwHammond.

Jacob Hample

Director of Government Affairs and Policy

Jacob is the Blockchain Association’s primary face on Capitol Hill, where he educates Members of Congress and their staff on the regulatory challenges facing the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Prior to joining the association, Jacob worked for a lobbying firm as well as progressive politicians in Georgia, Missouri, the United Kingdom, and Washington, DC. Jacob received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, where he double-majored in Economics and Political Science and minored in History. 

Chris Jonas

Senior Manager, Industry Communications

Chris coordinates communication strategy for the Blockchain Association and works to elevate the initiatives of its member companies. Prior to joining the association, Chris was Director of Communications and Programs for the National Association for Business Economics, the premier professional association for corporate economists. Chris earned his B.A. in Political Science from Wake Forest University and his M.S. from George Mason University. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife and son.

Lindsey Kelleher

Senior Policy Manager

Lindsey is a policy manager at the Blockchain Association. She joins the association after participating in Teach for America in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Prior to TFA, Lindsey attended Princeton University where she studied History and Spanish and was the team captain of the Varsity Women’s Water Polo Team.

Curtis Kincaid

Director of Communications

Curtis leads the Blockchain Association’s communication efforts, establishing the association as the unified voice of the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Prior to joining the association, Curtis managed strategic communications for the Consumer Technology Association and CES. Curtis earned his BS from the University of Mary Washington and his MBA from George Mason University.

Cleve Mesidor

Public Affairs Advisor

Cleve leads the National Policy Network of Women of Color in Blockchain. Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointed her to the DC Innovation and Technology Inclusion Council. A Washington insider, she previously served as an Obama Presidential Appointee, a senior staffer in Congress, and in the leadership of national political campaigns. Recently, she organized the National Briefing of Women of Color in Blockchain, which featured six Members of Congress and a delegation of over 60 female industry leaders. Cleve is a Howard University alumna and author of “THE CLEVOLUTION: My Quest for Justice in Politics & Crypto.”

Sarah Milby

Senior Policy Manager

Sarah helps develop and implement policy decisions on behalf of the Association. She joined the Blockchain Association full time after working as their policy research intern. Sarah graduated from the University of Chicago magna cum laude, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and earned honors in her major. She has a B.A. in Law, Letters, and Society.

Allie Nelson

Chief of Staff

Allie Nelson serves as the Chief of Staff for the Blockchain Association. Prior to joining BA, Allie worked as Director of Operations at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, representing the food and fiber industry. In addition to NCBA, Allie served as the primary point of contact for federal lands ranchers in the West as DOO of the Public Lands Council. Allie has extensive background in association management, governance, and operations. Allie received her B.S. from Montana State University in Agricultural Communications with a certificate in leadership.

Graham Newhall

Communications Advisor

Graham is the communication advisor to the Blockchain Association. He is responsible for designing and executing a national media and communication strategy to support the public policy goals of the Blockchain Association.

John Olsen

New York State Lead

John Olsen is Blockchain Association’s New York State Lead. He most recently served as senior vice president of state government affairs for the Internet Association (IA). He successfully opened the second state government affairs office in the country for IA in Albany when he first joined the association. With the Blockchain Association, John will utilize existing relationships with policymakers and build new ones, share information with the Washington office and Blockchain Association member companies, and work with the DC-based team to develop New York State-specific policies and messaging on key issues, including Bitlicense reform and Bitcoin mining legislation. 

Dan Spuller

Director of Industry Affairs

Dan represents the Blockchain Association as head of industry affairs. Since 2012, Spuller has been an advocate of decentralized digital assets, bitcoin, and blockchain technology. From 2016-2020, Dan led membership growth at the Chamber of Digital Commerce, and in 2019 was appointed Co-Chair of the North Carolina Blockchain Initiative by the state’s Lieutenant Governor. He previously worked for North Carolina’s Department of Commerce and successfully drove a multi-stakeholder campaign leading to the passage of the NC Money Transmitters Act of 2016.

Marisa Tashman

Policy Counsel

As Policy Counsel for the Blockchain Association, Marisa helps develop and advocate for policy positions on behalf of the crypto industry as well as manages long-term legal projects and strategic litigation. Prior to joining the Blockchain Association, Marisa represented corporate clients in regulatory enforcement actions, internal investigations, and civil litigation matters at Covington & Burling LLP. Marisa earned her B.A. from Brandeis University, and her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. 

Taryn Wolf

Creative Director

Taryn oversees branding, creative, and design for BA. She is an experienced creative director, leading the design work for organizations ranging from nonprofits to ecommerce tech companies. Taryn earned her BS at University of Miami in Public Relations and Graphic Design and her MS at Pratt Institute in Communications Design with a focus on Digital. 

Our Board

Marvin Ammori

Chief Legal Officer

Candace Kelly

General Counsel

Josh Mendelsohn

Managing Partner

Mark Murphy

Chief Operating Officer

Marco Santori

Chief Legal Officer

Ruby Sekhon

President

Georgia Quinn

General Counsel