Ripple has welcomed a new addition to its leadership team in a strategic move. Lauren Belive, a former White House official with a wealth of experience in government affairs, has taken on the role of Ripple’s Head of U.S. Public Policy and Government. Belive’s appointment comes at a crucial time for Ripple; The company has been deeply entangled in a regulatory battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Ripple’s mission to revolutionize cross-border payments within the intersection of technology and finance has faced hurdles due to regulatory ambiguity. The company is now doubling down on securing its place in the U.S. financial markets.
Who Is Lauren Belive?
Lauren Belive started her career at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee under the guidance of California Representative Henry Waxman. Her tenure in the Obama White House included work in the Office of Legislative Affairs, and she was also involved in President Obama’s campaign, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Before taking on her role at Ripple, Belive held positions in multinational corporations. While at Zoom, she served as the director of government affairs for SoftBank Group International, where she managed U.S. government relations.
She wrote on Linkedin, “My role will be to lead our engagement in Washington and nationally, ensuring that we are not only part of the conversation but driving it forward with clarity and purpose. With regulatory landscapes evolving, it’s paramount that we advocate for policies that not only support the crypto industry but also the countless individuals and businesses that could benefit from these advancements.
She mentioned that it’s crucial to promote policies that help the cryptocurrency industry and benefit many people and businesses as regulatory rules evolve. Through these policies, Belive stressed the importance of supporting growth in both the crypto sector and the overall economy.