Co-Founder & Director, COALA & Blockchain Workshops
CEO, Seven Advisory
Associate Researcher, CNRS/ Université Paris II
Constance is a driver of global multi-stakeholder research and development initiatives to catalyze blockchain policy and technical development (www.blockchainworkshops.org and http://coala.global). She specializes in policy and strategic development for blockchain technologies (www.sevenadvisory.com) and is also an associate researcher at the CNRS/Université Paris II, focusing on the social and economic impact of blockchain. COALA has been named the Dynamic Coalition for Blockchain Governance at the Internet Governance Forum at the UN, and also serves as the W3C Cryptoequity Group and COALA-IP Group, facilitating both policy and technical agendas, which span the authorship of policy frameworks to the collaborative development of interoperable protocols. In 2011, Constance co-founded the Kraken Exchange, the largest digital asset exchange in Europe consistently ranked as the global leader in security, where she served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer (www.kraken.com) during the public emergence of these technologies. At Kraken, she pioneered the first bank-exchange partnerships and user-enabled audits in the blockchain ecosystem. Constance has traveled the globe educating and engaging policymakers and regulatory bodies in US and Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and South America, playing a key role in shaping innovation and oversight policies in jurisdictions with regard to blockchain technologies. Prior to these roles, she practiced at Kirkland & Ellis, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Perkins Coie, focusing on Internet law, intellectual property litigation, startup counseling, privacy law, data security, and constitutional rights. During her tenure in private practice, Constance litigated precedent-setting cases at the intersection of the Internet, IP, and civil liberties, notably Google v. Viacom, the AT&T anti-spying cases, and fundamental issues of software patentability that eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Constance is a member of the California State Bar, holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and undergraduate degrees from Brown University and University of Cambridge.