Davos, Switzerland, (17 January 2024) – The Crypto Council for Innovation (CCI) announced that Circle, the global financial technology firm and issuer of USDC and EURC, and the Solana Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Solana network’s decentralization, adoption, and security, has joined its global alliance of industry leaders.
Sheila Warren, CEO of the Crypto Council for Innovation, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Circle and the Solana Foundation to CCI. CCI is committed to fostering a more accessible, robust, and well-informed crypto ecosystem. Adding the collective expertise and vision of these industry leaders to our alliance is a significant step forward in our mission to drive responsible innovation and advocate for the transformative global potential of digital assets and blockchain technologies.”
Dante Disparte, Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Global Policy at Circle, said: “We are eager to bring our perspective and experience to the table. Our involvement as members of CCI is a testament to our commitment to responsible growth and innovation in the space. We anticipate a year of meaningful collaboration, aiming to set new standards for the industry and to work towards a regulatory environment that supports the safe and sustainable growth of open money.”
The Crypto Council for Innovation continues to advocate for the benefits of the crypto industry worldwide. In the past year, the organization has expanded operations in the European Union and the United Kingdom to further its commitment to supporting leaders around the world. It has released benchmark reports and analyses, including a study that found sustainability-focused bitcoin mining operations can be a partner in the transition to clean green energy, the world’s first DeFi regulatory framework, and responded to nearly two dozen requests for comment and information from governments around the world.
Additionally, the Council is announcing two new hires to its government affairs and policy teams.
Ryan Eagan joins as an Associate Director, Government Affairs. Eagan has spent nearly a decade in the office of Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and has advised the senator on banking and housing policy.
Patrick Kirby joins as Policy Counsel. Most recently, he was an attorney in the US Policy & Government Relations group at the law firm Dentons. In this role, he advised clients on a variety of legal, policy, and regulatory issues related to digital assets and financial services.
These new team members bring a wealth of experience in policy, regulatory affairs, and government relations further positioning the Council to increase its engagement with policymakers and regulatory bodies.
Their expertise will be instrumental in shaping a more conducive regulatory environment for crypto, fostering dialogue between the industry and governments, and ensuring that policy development is informed by deep industry knowledge and a commitment to innovation.
This expansion reflects the Council’s dedication to building a strong foundation for the future of cryptocurrency, advocating for sensible policies, and promoting global collaboration.
About the Crypto Council for Innovation The Crypto Council is the premier global alliance for advancing innovation. It believes in leading with a global view, advocating for inclusive regulation, and developing evidence-based insights to support government and business leaders. It has teams in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York, Denver, London, Brussels, and Hong Kong.