Bitgive Foundation



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Connie Gallippi, Founder and Executive Director  

Ms. Gallippi founded BitGive in mid-2013, taking an early role in Bitcoin philanthropy and founding the first Bitcoin 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Through her work with BitGive, Connie has built a positive philanthropic representative foundation for the Bitcoin industry, bridging the gap between an innovative technology and its practical applications for nonprofits and humanitarian work in the developing world. Based in northern California, Connie is a well-known industry spokesperson for the social impact of Bitcoin and advocating for more diversity and equal opportunity in the digital currency community.

Previously, Connie worked with environmental organizations in California for over 14 years, specializing in consulting, strategy development, policy and advocacy, funding assistance, and program management. Most notably, her work included the development and implementation of multi-million dollar programs in public funding for the environmental sector. She remains involved as a Board Member for California Urban Forests Council.

Board of Directors


Karsten Behrend, Treasurer

Karsten is the former Chief Compliance Officer at Xapo, a US-based digital currency company that has established a new standard for enterprise level security and user convenience. He has held leadership roles at several Silicon Valley tech firms and multinational financial institutions. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Northern California chapter of the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), is the Co-Chairman of the AML/Compliance Committee for DATA, and also serves on the Regulatory Affairs Committee for the Bitcoin Foundation.


Alyse Killeen, Director

Alyse is a Venture Capital Investor and Managing Partner at StillMark Co. and StillMark Capital, an innovation and technology focused investment and advisory firm, and a Fellow with the Singapore University of Social Sciences. Alyse founded City Fellows Consortium (2015) and Women in Venture (2013). She is an international speaker, has been featured in publications including Forbes and Bloomberg, and authored a book chapter in the award-winning Handbook of Digital Currency. Alyse is a Mentor at Plug and Play Tech Center Accelerator and the Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley, and a member of New York Fashion Tech Lab’s Expert Network. She is also a Venture Partner at Vinetta Project, the largest organization serving women technology founders.


Patrick Murck, President

Patrick is a fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society where he researches the law and policy implications of bitcoin, distributed ledgers, and smart contracts. He is also Special Counsel at Cooley LLP, focusing on the legal and regulatory issues facing fintech and emerging payment systems. Previously, Patrick was a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation where he served at times as General Counsel and Executive Director. Patrick has engaged regulators and policymakers in the US and Europe on bitcoin and the emerging digital economy. He was named among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel for 2014 by the National Law Journal.


Dawn Newton, Director

Dawn is the Co-Founder and COO of Netki, Inc. a LA-based infrastructure solutions company, focused on bringing blockchain-based applications toward useful mass-market adoption. Netki works with companies across the industry to build standards and services that will allow their applications to be secure, scalable, and connected while ensuring compliance with existing regulations. Dawn has worked in the technology startup space for over 25 years, focusing on bringing nascent technologies to the mainstream at successful early Internet companies such as Microcom, InterAccess, & NetZero. Ms. Newton is currently an advisor to the National Observer and on the Board of the Threshold Foundation.


Matthew Roszak, Director

Matthew is Co-Founder of Bloq, Inc., enterprise blockchain solutions company, and Founder and CEO of Tally Capital, a venture capital firm focused on blockchain-based technologies and currencies. Mr. Roszak is a blockchain investor, entrepreneur and advocate. He has spent over 20 years in private equity and venture capital with Advent International, Keystone Capital Partners, Platinum Venture Partners and SilkRoad Equity, and has invested over $1 billion of capital (from start-up to IPO) in a broad range of industries. Mr. Roszak serves as chairman of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. Mr. Roszak is also the founder of the Chicago Bitcoin Center, and was a producer of the blockchain industry’s first ever documentary, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.

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Advisory Board


Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan is an Attorney at Empowered Law, PLLC; Founder & CEO of Third Key Solutions LLC, a key consulting and management company; and a Board Member of CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4), a Canadian non-profit industry standards organization. Pamela is a widely respected authority on multi-signature governance and legal innovation using digital currencies. She has authored numerous “how-to” articles and is known for delivering engaging, practical presentations about her work to legal and non-technical audiences around the world.


Stephen Pair

Stephen is co-founder and CEO of BitPay and has over 20 years of experience building software systems in the financial and telecommunications industries. He has held various roles including entrepreneur, architect, manager, team lead, and developer. He closely followed developments in cryptography along with attempts at creating new electronic money and accounting systems.  Stephen was also a Founding Board Member of the BitGive Foundation and served for 2 years as its Treasurer and CFO.


Jody Brady

Jodie brings twenty years of business experience and has held executive positions including Chief Financial Officer at Clear Path International and Vice President of Finance and Business Operations for publicly-held Pixelworks, Inc. She most recently served as head of finance and operations at The Bitcoin Foundation. She has private financing, IPO, M&A and international management experience.


Bob Derber

Bob is licensed to practice law in California (1982-present.) and Utah (2013-present). He is a Certified Public Accountant, California (1985-present) and licensed before U.S. Tax Court (1984-present).  He specializes in commercial and tax issues.


Doug Miller

Doug has over 15 years of business development experience and building International partnerships with expertise that ranges from early stage start-ups to large, international enterprise sales.  Doug’s current role as the VP of Business Development & International partnerships with KeepKey is bringing bitcoin security and simplicity to the the masses worldwide.