I am motivated by a belief that innovation and progress can unlock personal, societal, and economic opportunities that in aggregate change the world for the better. To ensure this outcome we must all recognize our responsibility to build thoughtful and fair business models and policy frameworks that advance collective human interests.
As a Senior Policy Advisor to Flourish, Daniel brings experience with financial regulation, innovation, and business development to the firm’s work to build a fairer, more open financial system.
Daniel is the founder of boutique advisory firm Gattaca Horizons and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University where he teaches fintech law and policy. Daniel is also a co-founder of the not-for-profit Digital Dollar Project.
Previously, Daniel was appointed the first Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In that role, he served as the Director of LabCFTC, leading the federal agency’s effort to keep pace with modern, digital markets. Daniel was a senior CFTC representative on fintech and crypto-asset issues, working with market participants, Congress, and domestic and international regulatory agencies.
Prior to the CFTC, Daniel served in senior roles at fintech lender OnDeck and the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. In his legal career, Daniel worked at Covington & Burling LLP, and clerked for U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake.
A graduate of Brown University, Daniel holds a law degree from George Washington University and an M.A. degree from the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins.