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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jae Gnazzo

Policy Manager

Jae is a policy manager at the Blockchain Association. Before joining, Jae earned a B.A. in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is currently at the McCourt School at Georgetown University pursuing a masters degree in Public Policy with a focus in international relations and economic development policy. He was a student athlete on the baseball teams both at Princeton and Georgetown.

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.”

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.

Alex Allaire

INTERN

Alex has been interning at the Blockchain Association for the Summer and Fall. In addition, he currently is studying political science at American University in Washington, DC. Alex got into crypto in 2013, investing in BTC and then ETH. He also runs a startup non-profit organization focusing on blockchain technologies’ national security implications.

Jimmy FitzPatrick

INTERN

Jimmy is working as an intern for the Industry Affairs team this summer. He is a rising junior at Georgetown University, where he is pursuing a double-major in Government and History. Jimmy became interested in crypto last year and is excited about seeing the inner workings of the industry during his internship.

Alexis Williams

INTERN

Alexis is a policy intern at the Blockchain Association. She is a recent graduate of George Washington University, where she majored in Political Science and earned a double minor in Public Policy and Criminal Justice. During her time at GW, she interned for the Center for Science in the Public Interest and American Action Forum. She was also a student athlete participating on the Varsity Women’s Soccer Team.

Our Board

Stu Alderoty

General Counsel

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