Former White House Official to Head Ripple’s Policy and Government Affairs Division

Lauren Belive, a former government official with a rich background in legislative affairs and policy, has assumed a prominent role at the cryptocurrency company Ripple. Specifically, Belive has been appointed as the Head of U.S. Public Policy and Government Relations at Ripple.

In an announcement made on September 26th via her LinkedIn profile, Belive expressed her excitement about her new position and her mission to lead Ripple’s engagement efforts not only in Washington, D.C., but also across the entire United States. Her previous career path included similar roles at prominent companies such as Softbank Group, Zoom, and Lyft, all of which followed her tenure in government.

Belive emphasized the significance of advocating for policies that support not only the cryptocurrency industry but also the numerous individuals and businesses poised to benefit from the advancements within the sector. She recognized the evolving regulatory landscape and the crucial role of advocacy in shaping favorable policies.

This development within Ripple coincides with the ongoing legal battle between the company and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the classification of XRP, the native cryptocurrency of the Ripple network. A noteworthy ruling in July by a judge determined that XRP was largely not considered a security, and this decision reverberated throughout the cryptocurrency space.

In the United States, major cryptocurrency firms have been ramping up their efforts to engage with lawmakers and promote regulatory clarity in the industry. Coinbase, for example, launched its “Stand with Crypto” campaign, encouraging its users to support crypto-friendly candidates at both state and federal levels of government.

As of the current date, U.S. lawmakers were facing disagreements over spending bills aimed at preventing a government shutdown after September 30th. This situation raised concerns about potential delays for several cryptocurrency-related bills awaiting floor votes in the House of Representatives, should Congress fail to reach an agreement within the week.

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