Alex Zerden

Senior Advisor

Alex Zerden is the founder and principal of Capital Peak Strategies LLC, a FinTech, digital asset, and emerging technologies risk advisory firm and an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

As a regulatory lawyer, economic policymaker, and financial diplomat, Alex brings over fifteen years of public and private sector experience at the intersection of financial services, economics, and national security covering financial regulation, economic crisis response, economic sanctions, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), anti-corruption, financial enforcement and oversight investigations, and public-private partnerships.

Alex has worked across the U.S. government, including at the White House National Economic Council, House of Representatives, Senate, and the Treasury Department’s Office of International Affairs, Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). From 2018-2019, Alex deployed to Afghanistan to lead the Treasury Department office at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

Alex received his B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University, and his J.D., summa cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law. He is also a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Term Member.

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