Ms. Gallippi founded BitGive in mid-2013, taking an early role in Bitcoin philanthropy and founding the first Bitcoin 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Through her work with BitGive, Connie has built a positive philanthropic representative foundation for the Bitcoin industry, bridging the gap between an innovative technology and its practical applications for nonprofits and humanitarian work in the developing world. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Connie is a well-known industry spokesperson for the social impact of Bitcoin and advocating for more diversity and equal opportunity in the digital currency community.
Previously, Connie worked with environmental organizations in California for over 14 years, specializing in consulting, strategy development, policy and advocacy, funding assistance, and program management. Most notably, her work included the development and implementation of multi-million dollar programs in public funding for the environmental sector. She remains involved as a Board Member for California Urban Forests Council.
Board of Directors
Patrick is currently a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is a lawyer and expert on bitcoin and blockchain-based technologies. His role at The Berkman Center includes conducting research into the law and policy implications of bitcoin, distributed ledgers and smart contracts. Previously, Patrick was a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation where he served at times as General Counsel and Executive Director. Patrick has engaged regulators and policymakers in the US and Europe on bitcoin and the emerging digital economy. He was named among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel for 2014 by the National Law Journal.
Karsten Behrend, Treasurer
Karsten is the Chief Compliance Officer at Xapo, a US-based digital currency company that has established a new standard for enterprise level security and user convenience. He has held leadership roles at several Silicon Valley tech firms and multinational financial institutions. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Northern California chapter of the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), is the Co-Chairman of the AML/Compliance Committee for DATA, and also serves on the Regulatory Affairs Committee for the Bitcoin Foundation.
Matthew is Founder and CEO of Tally Capital, a venture capital firm focused on blockchain-based technologies and currencies. He has spent over 18 years in private equity and venture capital with Advent International, Keystone Capital Partners, Platinum Venture Partners and SilkRoad Equity, and has invested over $1 billion of capital (from start-up to IPO) in a broad range of industries. Matthew also serves on the boards of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, Chicago Bitcoin Center, Blockchain Capital, Dunvegan Space Systems, Factom and Robocoin, amongst others. He was also a producer of the first ever Bitcoin documentary, “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.”
Alyse is an Venture Capital Investor at March Capital Partners in Santa Monica, CA, and a mentor at the Silicon Valley based Plug and Play Tech Center in the Bitcoin and Fintech accelerator tracks. She is the founder and Director of City Fellows Consortium, and of Women in Venture, and serves as an Advisor to Factom, America Innovates, Swoonery, and Vinetta Project. Alyse has previously invested with Future\Perfect Ventures in NYC, and Clearstone Venture Partners in Santa Monica. Alyse has presented globally on blockchain technology and has authored a book chapter in the Handbook of Digital Currency titled: The Confluence of Bitcoin and the Global Sharing Economy.
Dawn is the co-founder and COO of Netki, a LA based infrastructure solutions company, focused on bringing blockchain-based applications toward useful mass-market adoption. Netki works with companies across the industry to build standards and services that will allow their applications to be secure, scalable, and connected while ensuring compliance with existing regulations. Dawn has worked in the technology startup space for over 25 years, focusing on bringing nascent technologies to the mainstream at successful early Internet companies such as Microcom, InterAccess, & NetZero. Ms. Newton is currently an advisor to the National Observer and on the Board of the Threshold Foundation.
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