Faryar Shirzad is Chief Policy Officer at Coinbase, where he leads the company’s engagement with policymakers around the world and been a trusted source for thought leadership in the global crypto policy space.
Under Shirzad’s leadership, Coinbase has become a driver of crypto-regulation discourse in the United States.
Before joining Coinbase, Shirzad was Global Co-Head of Government Affairs at Goldman Sachs. Shirzad has served as counsel to the highest levels of U.S. government, including as Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs for President George W. Bush. In that role, he served as the President’s personal representative to the G8.
Prior to his time in the White House, Shirzad was Assistant Secretary for Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce and international trade counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Earlier in his career, he practiced law in Washington, D.C.
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