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Karen Gifford

Head of Regulatory Relations & Strategic Policy Initiatives, Ripple Labs

Previously, Ms. Gifford worked as an attorney in the private sector and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she was Counsel and Officer in the Litigation and Enforcement Group. Her work at the New York Fed included the successful defense of a claim by the Central Bank of Iran arising out of the hostage crisis for over $1 billion, and co-heading an investigation into misconduct in the sales and trading of complex leveraged derivatives at Bankers Trust. Later, she was a Senior Director at Promontory Financial Group, where she advised global banks and financial companies on regulatory issues and conducted investigations. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. from Vassar College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.