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San Francisco, CA- September 18, 2023: The Blockchain Law for Social Good Center welcomes Charles Belle as their FFDW Blockchain Law Teaching Fellow. Housed at the University of San Francisco, the Center is committed to informing a balanced, inclusive, and socially equitable regulatory scheme for blockchain innovation in the United States.


Charles joins the Center with a rich history in managing policy and technology organizations. He most recently served as the Executive Director of Blockchain Advocacy Coalition. Before that, he was the 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.


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 Center for Innovation (now Center for Innovation) at UC College of the Law, San Francisco. 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 startup founders.


Since 2014, Charles has served as a public appointee on the City and County of San Francisco’s Committee on Information Technology (COIT), the governance body that makes decisions regarding the future of San Francisco's technology. Charles is also a non-residential Fellow at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society. Past fellowships include UC Berkeley's Center for Technology, Society & Policy. 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. As the Center's first Teaching Fellow, Charles will receive teacher training and research mentorship as well as teaching his own law school course. Charles will also support the Center with curriculum development, research, and publications. As the landscape at the intersection of blockchain and law continues to evolve, the Center's team is growing with experienced and highly adept individuals who share our passion for democratizing blockchain law education.


Founder and Academic Director Professor Michele Neitz noted that "Charles will bring his deep legal knowledge and technical expertise into the classroom to share with USF Law students. The Center will also benefit from his creative perspective. I am delighted to work with Charles as he takes the next step to develop his teaching and research skills in academia."

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