Board of Directors

Charles Allen
CEO and Chairman of the Board

Charles has been involved in the blockchain industry since its earliest days. Since joining BTCS in 2013, he has leveraged his extensive experience in business strategy, investment banking, and capital markets transactions to develop and lead the Company’s evolving business model. Charles began his career as an engineer in the telecom industry and brings a balance of business and financial leadership as well as technical proficiency to the BTCS team. Prior to joining BTCS he worked domestically and internationally on projects in technology, media, natural resources, logistics, medical services and financial services. Highlights include Managing Director at RK Equity Capital Markets LLC, Managing Director at TriPoint Global Equities, LLC, and Managing Director at Broadband Capital Management LLC, all boutique investment banks focused on advising and raising capital for small and mid size companies. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a M.B.A. from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary.

Michal Handerhan
COO, Co-Founder and Director

A co-founder of BTCS, Michal supports both our business and research and development strategies, and has played a key role in the Company’s ability to capitalize on the rapidly expanding opportunity in the blockchain space. From February 2011 through February 2014 he served as an independent IT and web services consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). From October 2005 until February 2014 Michal was the President and CEO of Meesha Media Group, LLC, which provided high-definition video production services, Web 2.0 development, database management, and social media solutions. From March 2002 through October 2006 he served as a team leader for NASA in their Peer Review Services group. Prior to NASA Peer Review Services Michal served as the web developer for Folio Investments. He received B.S. in Computer Science from Czech Technical University.

Charlie Lee

Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin and the Managing Director of the Litecoin Foundation. He attended The Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he graduated in 2000 with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Prior to creating Litecoin, Charlie was a Software Engineer at Google. In 2011, he created Litecoin in an effort to improve upon Bitcoin’s high fees, slower transaction times, and scalability issues. Charlie went on to work for Coinbase where he became Director of Engineering before leaving the company in 2017 to focus on supporting the development of Litecoin full time.

Carol Van Cleef

Carol R. Van Cleef is an internationally recognized authority on and pioneer in legal issues involving cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, Ms. Van Cleef is Chair of the Blockchain and Digital Assets practice at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. With a focus on regulatory, compliance, and enforcement matters, Ms. Van Cleef has built a global reputation as a leading attorney, counsellor and problem solver working extensively across the financial services industry and throughout the cryptocurrency and blockchain communities. She represents virtual currency exchanges, blockchain developers, NFT creators and platforms, and various types of financial services and fintech companies. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Van Cleef serves as CEO of Luminous Group, a blockchain technology, growth advisory and risk management solutions company that also develops and delivers anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance training through the AML Training Institute. She also serves as an advisor to a number of early-stage companies in fintech and blockchain-related technologies. Ms Van Cleef is a graduate of Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S) and received a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law, American University. She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Melanie Pump

Ms. Pump serves as Chief Financial Officer at Polymath Research Inc. (“Polymath”), a start-up blockchain technology company, where she leads their Finance, HR, and compliance efforts. Prior to Polymath, Melanie was the Chief Financial Officer of Brane Inc., a technology service provider for digital asset custody. In addition to other senior finance roles, she also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Incognito Software Systems, a global telecom software provider (acquired by Constellation Software Inc. (TSX: CSU). Melanie is also on the board of directors of Mobio Technologies (TSX-V: MBO).

Board Diversity Matrix

(As of October 1st, 2022)

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