Digital Currency Proponent Brian Forde Announces California Congressional Bid
Brian Forde is the latest candidate for the Congressional seat in California’s 45th district, currently held by Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters.
Running to represent CA's 45th District and to take on the 45th POTUS! 🔥 up & ready to go! Video 👉🏼 http://www.forde.com— Brian Forde (@BrianForde) July 19, 2017
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.
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