Chamber of Progress Adds Crypto/Fintech Policy Director and State/Local Policy Directors
Apr 27, 2022

Chamber of Progress, a center-left tech policy industry association, announced the addition of three new team members, all veterans of Democratic politics. The new staff include a Director of Financial Policy who will lead the organization’s growing work on fintech issues as well as cryptocurrency and blockchain policy, and two Directors of State and Local Government Relations for the Northeast and Central U.S.

Janay Eyo will lead the organization’s expanding work on fintech, cryptocurrency, and decentralized “web3” policy as Director of Financial Policy. Before joining Chamber of Progress, Eyo served as Deputy Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for Representative Joyce Beatty, where she handled Rep. Beatty’s chairmanship of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. Eyo is a Certified Public Accountant candidate, and prior to her work with Rep. Beatty, she served as Financial Manager for Howard University and as a Tax Preparer under the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Eyo graduated from Virginia Tech. 

Tyler Smith has joined as Director of State and Local Public Policy, Central US, where he will work with state and local policymakers across the Mountain West, Midwest, and South. Smith served most recently as Executive Assistant to Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA), and previously as a Government Affairs Clerk at the BGR Group. Smith’s experience also includes stints with then-Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA); public engagement work for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and campaigning for Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. Smith graduated from Texas Southern University.

Finally, Alain Xiong-Calmes has joined as Director of State and Local Public Policy, Northeast US, working with state and local  policymakers from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. Before joining Chamber of Progress, Xiong-Calmes served in Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Administration as Deputy Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs, focusing on issues related to energy,  environment, transportation, labor, and agriculture. Prior to joining the Wolf Administration, Xiong-Calmes held roles with the Obama Foundation and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). During the 2020 election cycle, he was a member of the Pennsylvania Asian-American Pacific Islanders for Biden-Harris Leadership Council, the Biden-Harris Health Policy Committee, and the Biden-Harris 21st Century Government Policy Committee. He graduated from American University.

“As Chamber of Progress begins our second year as an organization, our new team members are helping us dive deeper into emerging technologies and tech issues at all levels of government,” said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich. “As lawmakers in DC and state capitals grapple with tech regulation, we’re speaking up for consumers, for inclusivity and sustainability, and for the progressive values that Democratic voters care about.”

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