Former US Senator and Member of the House of Representatives joins the Crypto Council for Innovation

Cory Gardner, who served as US Senator for Colorado from 2015 to 2021, has joined the Crypto Council for Innovation, a crypto advocacy group that aims to engage in dialogue with governments and regulators about the benefits of digital assets.

In an announcement Thursday, the Crypto Council for Innovation (CCI) said Gardner is one of three new members joining the group’s leadership team. Under CEO Sheila Warren, the former senator will work with Amanda Russo, a communications consultant for the World Economic Forum, and Annie Dizon, a former executive with social influence at nonprofit TechSoup. Additionally, Katherine Wu, a venture partner at Archetype, will become CCI’s first research grantee, while former Algorand Foundation CEO Sean Lee joined the group to help build its Asia Pacific presence.

Gardner, a former US Senator and former member of the House of Representatives, will become CCI’s new chief political affairs strategist. Speaking to Cointelegraph, Warren said the addition of Gardner is based on his experience in Washington “to build a stronger economy and support innovation,” as well as his commitment to Web3 and crypto.

“The combined leadership and global experience of our new team members will bolster CCI’s expertise at a pivotal moment, both within our organization and across the crypto industry globally,” said Warren. “This expanded team will strengthen CCI’s presence on the West Coast and in Washington, DC, and add a crucial presence in APAC, supporting the advancement of our priorities to drive crypto ecosystem development and support the global policy community. “

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Warren was the lead of blockchain and distributed ledger technology at the World Economic Forum before joining the Crypto Council for Innovation in February. Founded in April 2021, the CCI includes backers such as Coinbase, Gemini, Fidelity Digital Assets, Paradigm, Ribbit Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and Block. The group hosted a virtual Bitcoin (BTC) adoption event called “The ₿ Word” in July 2021, which featured speakers including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey.

Cointelegraph reached out to Cory Gardner but received no response at the time of publication.