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Digital Currency Proponent Brian Forde Announces California Congressional Bid



De Silva

On July 19, Brian Forde announced his intention to run for Congress in California’s 45th District. The co-founding director of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, Forde joins a field of five Democratic challengers to incumbent Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters.

Brian Forde is the latest candidate for the Congressional seat in California’s 45th district, currently held by Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters.

Forde, 37, currently serves as a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He previously worked as director of MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative and served as an advisor to President Obama.

From 2011 until 2015, Forde served as senior advisor for mobile and data innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Per his LinkedIn profile, Forde led the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, supported the launch of President Obama’s Open Data Initiatives, and started the White House Tech Inclusion and Tech Hire Initiatives. In addition, Forde led a team of municipal innovators from across the country to author the plan to support Mayor Duggan’s vision for a 21st century Detroit.

Before his White House stint, Forde co-founded Llamadas, S.A., a low-cost phone service provider in Nicaragua.

In 2002, Forde graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He also possesses an MBA from London Business School.

A one-time Republican, the Tustin native registered as a Democrat about a year ago, according to Audrey Carson, spokeswoman for Forde’s campaign. Still, he reportedly voted for Obama in both the 2008 and 2012 elections. His competition in the 2018 Congressional race includes Democrats Ron Varasteh, Katie Porter, Dave Min, Kia Hamadanchy, and Eric Rywalski.

This weekend, Forde will deliver the closing keynote speech at the State of Digital Money conference in Los Angeles. He could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.

As this story develops, ETHNews will provide updates.

Matthew De Silva

Matthew has a passion for law and technology. He graduated from Georgetown University, where he studied international economics and music. Matthew enjoys biking and listening to tech podcasts. He lives in Los Angeles.

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