Karen Gifford is an investor and advisor in the financial technology space. She was a primary contributor to the Windhover Principles for Digital Identity and Trust, the first public policy statement by the entities in blockchain community concerning digital identity and advocating for individual control over identity-related personal information.
Ms. Gifford was Chief Compliance Officer at Ripple, where she now serves as Special Advisor for Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Previously, she 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.