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Feb 4, 2019

From Bio Major to Lobbying for Blockchain

Kristin Smith is the Director of External Affairs at The Blockchain Association, a trade association for the blockchain industry.

  • Raised in California.
  • Earned her B.A in Biology and an M.A. in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.
  • Earned her 2nd M.A. in Communications, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University, and her 3rd graduate degree from NYU where she earned an MBA
  • Smith’s first government job was interning for Sen. Conrad Burns.
  • She worked as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate, before working as a Deputy Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she worked on technology policy.
  • Smith has worked at several lobbying firms, The Alpine Group, VogelHood Group and Thompson Coburn, LLC.

“After looking at other jobs, you realize lobbying is amazing. It’s a wonderful job where you get to interact with interesting people.”

Voatz is a Boston based company that creates electronic voting systems for mobile devices using Blockchain technology, currently used in local elections and most recently in WV for military service members. With the potential to revolutionize elections in the United States, Voatz plans to roll out in more states on a larger scale.


Quick Links about Blockchain Technology

How Does a Blockchain Work? - Simply Explained Video

Blockchain Explained by Luke Fortney via Investopedia

For Policy Wonks, check out for issues facing Blockchain.

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