We are pleased to announce that Valeria Bystrowicz-Liendo, a Business Development Director in the firm’s Blockchain, Digital Assets, & Custody industry group, will serve as a Board Member and as the Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County Chapter lead for Crypto Connect.

Crypto Connect, which formally launched today, is led by a board of 26 women leaders in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. It is a nonprofit, decentralized organization dedicated to sponsoring educational and networking opportunities for the cryptocurrency industry. The board members work in industry, law, academia, marketing, and the media among other sectors. Today Crypto Connect is launching in twelve major cities across the U.S with plans to expand to other cities worldwide by 2022. To learn more, please visit www.cryptoconnect.org.

Crypto Connect kicks off in twelve major cities across the U.S. —Austin, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle — with plans to expand to other cities worldwide by 2022.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of Crypto Connect, alongside so many amazing women in crypto!” said Valeria Bystrowicz. “My connection to cryptocurrency technology is visceral. As an Argentinian native I faced a lifetime of financial crisis endured by my entire country and family.” She was introduced to Bitcoin in 2014 and a whole new world opened up for her. “Only when you grew up seeing how hyperinflation eroded your family’s life savings, seeing the whole banking system collapse in front of your eyes, you truly appreciate the revolutionary potential of cryptocurrencies.” Crypto Connect “Is a great resource for the community that will provide education and networking opportunities to the blockchain and cryptocurrency space.”


Valeria is a dual licensed attorney (California/Argentina). She joined Perkins Coie in 2015 and practiced at the forefront of the blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT) as a Senior Attorney in the Blockchain Technology & Fintech Industry Group. She recently pivoted to a business development director role within the firm, which draws on both her professional skills as well as her deep industry alliances, to facilitate smooth and productive business relationships for her clients.

President and Chapter Leads, who also sit on the Board, include:


Other U.S. Board Members include:


Crypto Connect also has International Board Members that will help support global expansion of the organization:

  • Layah Heilpern, Author & Host @ The Layah Heilpern Show
  • Teana Baker-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer @ Chamber of Digital Commerce