Amanda Russo
Amanda Russo

Amanda Russo, head of media content at the World Economic Forum, has joined the Crypto Council for Innovation as director of communications.

Established a year ago, the DC-based group aims to demonstrate the “transformational promise” of crypto and communicate its benefits to policymakers, regulators and the public.

Members include Coinbase, Fidelity Digital Assets, Andreesen Horowitz, Ribbit Capital, Gemini and Paradigm.

At the WEF, Russo handled communications strategies and messaging and pitched projects in areas such as blockchain, cybersecurity, finance and artificial intelligence.

She also did a stint as public engagement lead for WEF’s Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution network, which works on game-changing technologies and designs policies to scale them around the world.

Before joining the WEF in 2017, Russo was senior manager for corporate communications at IHS in London and head of corporate communications at Exclusive Analysis.

The Council also has brought on former Republican Colorado Senator Cory Gardner as chief strategist of political affairs.