Season 2, Episode 7: From Suits to Hoodies: A Career Prosecutor and Treasury Official Goes Start-Up with Ari Redbord
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Ari Redbord is the Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs, the blockchain intelligence company. Prior to joining TRM, Ari was the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary and the Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the United States Treasury. In that position, Ari led teams from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and other Treasury components to use sanctions and other regulatory tools effectively to safeguard the financial system from illicit use by terrorist financiers, weapons of mass destruction proliferators, drug kingpins, and other rogue actors, including Iran, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela.
In addition, Ari worked closely with regulators, the Hill and the interagency on issues related to the Bank Secrecy Act, cryptocurrency, and anti-money laundering strategies. Prior to Treasury, Ari was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia for eleven years where he investigated and prosecuted terrorism, espionage, threat finance, cryptocurrency, export control, child exploitation and human trafficking cases.
In this episode, we discuss Ari’s background as a federal prosecutor and his work at the blockchain intelligence company. What made him choose to join a tech startup after a career in government? What is his to lawyers navigating the transition?