Charles Belle, a San Francisco native and attorney, serves as the Executive Director of Blockchain Advocacy Coalition. He leads advocacy and education efforts to promote Web3 in California with values of innovation, economic equity, and consumer protection. He previously served as COO of a layer-1 blockchain company where he directed strategy and operations, designed the governance protocol, and oversaw legal counsel in the US, Switzerland, Britain, Liechtenstein, and Singapore.
A good government advocate, Charles founded Startup Policy Lab, a nonprofit focused on the tech-government intersection. His applied research focused on open data, open source, and privacy to leverage tech solutions in the public sector. He also served as Executive Director of the (now named) Center for Innovation at UC College of the Law, San Francisco. As the leader of an academic center, Charles designed and launched the Privacy Project and Startup Legal Garage. Committed to promoting economic equity, the Startup Legal Garage provided pro bono legal services to underrepresented founders.
Since 2014, Charles has served as a public appointee on the City and County of San Francisco's Committee on Information Technology (COIT). Charles is also a non-residential Fellow at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society. Other roles include a fellowship at UC Berkeley's Center for Technology, Society & Policy, and he served on Governor Newsom's Tech Policy team. He is also a board member of the Voting Rights Brigade, a non-profit organization committed to achieving a voter-driven system of government through the Digital Democracy Project.
He holds dual AB degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Chicago and an AM in International Relations. Charles earned his Juris Doctorate from UC College of the Law, San Francisco.