With extensive experience in the public and private sectors, we have a demonstrated record of translating fast-moving developments in DC and beyond into actionable advice and solutions to solve critical business challenges.
Alex Zerden is a trusted advisor helping organizations, ranging from early- and growth-stage FinTech, digital asset, blockchain, and emerging technology companies to large, established corporations and nonprofits, navigate complex regulatory, legal, public policy, and geopolitical issues.
As a regulatory lawyer, economic policymaker, and financial diplomat, Alex brings extensive public and private sector experience at the intersection of financial services and law with a focus on financial regulation, economic crisis response, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), anti-corruption, financial enforcement and oversight investigations, and public-private partnerships.
During his time in government, Alex co-authored the Obama-Biden Administration's FinTech strategy while at the White House National Economic Council and also designed and launched FinCEN Exchange, the public-private information sharing partnership between financial regulators, law enforcement, and financial institutions.
Alex has published on issues involving AML/CFT, economic sanctions, anti-corruption, cybersecurity, and FinTech, including with the American Banker, Brookings Institution’s Lawfare Institute, Center for American Progress, the New York University School of Law Center on Law and Security, and other outlets.
Alex is a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Term Member, a Senior Advisor to geopolitical risk firm WestExec Advisors, and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) through the Energy, Economics, and Security (EES) Program.
Alex received his B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University, and his J.D., summa cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law.