Meet our Founder and Board of Directors
The Association's founder and chief executive officer is Amanda Wick, a former federal prosecutor and champion of women who believes that women in business and investing need an organization dedicated to enhancing their access – and success - in the predominantly male-dominated industries of cryptocurrency and other digital assets, blockchain, web3, and related technology and services.
During a distinguished career that includes roles as the Chief of Legal Affairs at Chainalysis, Inc., as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), she has learned firsthand that the playing field is not level for women in tech, and much more needs to be done to ensure their equal inclusion in the future of digital finance.
Ms. Wick and other women in crypto and crypto-adjacent ecosystems agree that a new support network of advisors, mentors and other professionals is needed to increase the inclusion and advancement of women in the cryptocurrency industry through mentoring/sponsor relationships, training, and educational programs.
They also believe that we need to increase women's awareness of, and participation in venture capital investment opportunities and increase access to investment and funding opportunities for women-owned and women-operated crypto and crypto-adjacent companies.
Clark Flynt-Barr is the Association's Chief Operating Officer. Clark believes strongly that digital assets and web3 businesses, creators, and builders should reflect their diverse user base. She is thrilled to be a part of AWIC, an organization vital to enhancing and expanding women’s opportunities in the space. Building a robust network of advisors, mentors, and other professionals, together with training and educational programs, is key to amplifying the inclusion and progression of women in the digital assets and web3 sector.
Before joining AWIC, Clark led U.S. government affairs and policy engagement efforts at Chainalysis, Inc., a blockchain analytics company, where she spearheaded US regulatory strategy and lobbying efforts, engaging with federal, State and local regulatory agencies, as well as members of Congress and their staff to educate policymakers on issues related to digital assets and web3.
Prior to Chainalysis, Clark worked in consulting at Guidehouse; as an intelligence analyst at the FBI, where she worked Darknet marketplace and opioid investigations; as a program officer at the American BarAssociation’s Rule of Law Initiative, managing US government grant programs promoting rule of law in Latin America; and as a legislative aide for Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) on the Senate JudiciaryCommittee, where she was responsible for criminal justice and government oversight portfolios.
Jane Khodarkovsky is the General Counsel at Celo Foundation, where she helps the Foundation and Celo ecosystem achieve its mission of building conditions of prosperity and financial inclusion for all.
Prior to Celo, Jane was a Trial Attorney and Human Trafficking Finance Specialist with the DOJ where she investigated and prosecuted multi-jurisdictional and international money laundering and financial crimes, including those involving virtual currency and exchanges, focused on human rights, human trafficking, corporate supply chains, and child exploitation.
She provided subject matter expertise, guidance and training to DOJ litigating components, U.S. Attorney's Offices, and international, federal, state, and local law enforcement.
While at the University of Michigan Law School, Jane represented victims of human trafficking in the Human Trafficking Clinic, presented at the United Nations Office on Drug Crimes (UNODC), and provided subject matter expertise to the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
Jane is passionate about supporting and empowering women and girls to achieve their dreams, including in web3, blockchain technology, finance and science, and to ensure their voices are heard and respected.
Laurel Loomis Rimon is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Fintech and Crypto Assets Practice at Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C. Drawing on her almost 25-year career in government service, which included leadership positions at the DOJ, Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), and Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Rimon advises financial institutions, fintech companies, and government entities on compliance issues, enforcement actions, and internal and government investigations.
While an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, Ms. Rimon led the first federal prosecution of a digital currency called e-gold related to violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. Ms. Rimon leverages this deep regulatory and enforcement experience to work closely with blockchain-based financial institution clients to develop compliance programs and respond to DOJ, FinCEN, and CFPB inquiries and enforcement actions regarding anti-money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act, and the Consumer Financial Protection Act.
We are also joined by the following Founding Members of AWIC who support the Association and are committed to the advancement and inclusion of women in the future of digital finance.