4:30pm - 4:50pm

GBA Panel Discussion – Lara Aulestia, Mark Cooley, Jonathan Lehman, Indy Istleford

Lara Aulestia – ED Business Development: Deal Maker, Digital Media, Analytics & Data, and Blockchain Regulations

Lara Aulestia works with organizations on complex grassroots campaigns to engage voters, stakeholders and advocates, helping to solve difficult regulatory or corporate reputation problems using Artificial Intelligence, Online Advertising, Online Research and Analytics.
For the last 7+ years she has worked on presidential, supreme court, state and multi-district campaigns across the country. She has directed the data, analytics and digital strategy in a variety of heavily regulated industries to win tough political battles including Pollie award winning work for the multi-million dollar effort to reauthorize the EX-IM Bank. Lara is currently working with several Blockchain/Crypto projects to develop their grassroots strategy. 

Lara co-founded #RevoltDC Hackathon bringing together the best and brightest developers from across the nation to build the next generation of digital political technologies securing sponsorships from global companies such as AT&T, Microsoft, Twilio, Facebook, Consumer Technology Association and others. 
She has been an angel investor in technology startups for 4 years and spent the earlier part of her career leading digital operations and sales for 9 media properties across multiple divisions for CBS and iHeartRadio.
Lara is a member of the Government Blockchain Association, the Public Affairs Council, the American Association of Political Consultants and was previously on the corporate committee for the Trust for the National Mall.


Mark Cooley- Executive and Adviser solving challenging technical problems in blockchain

Proud to be part a dynamic team building the next generation of decision management systems (Govurn DMS) leveraging best of breed technologies including the blockchain. Changing how the world interacts and enabling voices to be heard in a variety of areas from high stakes elections to complex blockchain governance models.

Educator, Coach and Senior Manager with more than 15 years of experience in both the Financial and Technology industries.


GBA Regulatory - Lara Aulestia, Mark Cooley