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DeFi Team


Wes Cowan

Co-Founder, Portfolio Manager


Wes Cowan is the Managing Director of Decentralized Finance at Valkyrie, and co-founder of the Valkyrie On Chain DeFi Fund. Prior to working in the blockchain sector, Wes was a Principal at JPMorgan managing over $800 Million, before leaving to start his own tech agency...

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Will McDonough

Co-Founder, Vice Chairman


Will McDonough is the Vice Chairman of Valkyrie Investments, and co-founder of the Valkyrie On Chain DeFi Fund.  Will brings over 20 years of experience as an investor and entrepreneur with a career ranging from sports management to global finance...

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Steven McClurg

Investment Committee, CIO Valkyrie


Steven McClurg is the Chief Investment Officer of Valkyrie Investments. He has considerable traditional finance and Fintech experience, ranging from insurtech and payments to blockchain. Previously, Mr. McClurg was a Managing Director at...

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Liam Rafferty

Data Analyst


Liam began his career as an Investment Analyst at JP Morgan Securities, where he held his Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses. He left JPM in 2016 for Bain Capital, where he focused on the internal reporting for Bain Capital Credit with over $40 billion across 100+ funds...

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Kyle Lazernik

DeFi Analyst


Kyle Lazernik is a DeFi Analyst at Valkyrie. Prior to joining Valkyrie, Kyle helped build a nationwide wellness brand and played a key role in its $40 million dollar acquisition in 2021. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors in Finance...

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Tim Hesselsweet

Quantitative Analyst


Tim Hesselsweet is a quantitative analyst. Prior to working in digital assets, Tim was as a portfolio manager at hedge funds and proprietary trading firms including Schonfeld, Niederhoffer Investments and SMB Capital. Since 2017, Tim has created tools to monitor....

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Shannon Smith

Investor Relations


Shannon Smith is the Senior Investor Relations Associate at Valkyrie. She joins with 4 years' experience in the alternative asset management space. Prior to joining Valkyrie, she worked in investor relations and marketing at asset-based credit specialist Raven Capital Management...

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Executive Team


Leah Wald

Chief Executive Officer


Leah Wald is the CEO of Valkyrie Investments. She is an economist with an expertise in asset management focused on value investing. As a direct report to the CEO of Vital Financial, Wald spearheaded investment strategies for multi-billion dollar asset managers on global macro strategy.

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Nick Bonos

Head of Fund Operations


Nikolaos (Nick) Bonos has been in the financial services industry for more than 32 years. He has worked in various senior operational roles for State Street, JP Morgan Chase, Rydex Investments, Security Benefit Corp., Guggenheim Investments, and MUFG Investor Services (US), LLC.

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Lori Tiernan

Chief Strategy Officer


Lori Tiernan brings over a decade of experience launching and growing financial brands. Since 2013, she has run Innovative Asset Growth where she served in an outsourced CMO capacity to several emerging and niche asset managers and FinTech brands. She was an early employee...

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Scottland Keefer

Chief Compliance Officer


Scottland Keefer has worked in the financial services industry for over 10 years and is a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois. He began his career at Deloitte Tax, advising large trading firms and hedge funds. After moving to the in-house Legal and Compliance practice, Scottland has worked...

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