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Melissa Netram

Chief Innovation Officer, Director of LabCFTC, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Melissa Netram is the Director of LabCFTC and Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In her role, she is responsible for coordinating closely with international and U.S. regulators, Capitol Hill, and other external stakeholders to facilitate market-enhancing innovation, inform public policy, and ensure the CFTC has the understanding to keep pace with the ever-changing financial services industry.

Ms. Netram brings to her role more than 15 years of experience developing and executing policy strategy regarding technology and financial services issues. Prior to joining the CFTC, she was the Director of Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Silicon Valley-based Intuit, where she led the development of the company’s government strategy and worked on the convergence of technology and global policy. As part of her role, Ms. Netram led efforts to position Intuit to successfully capitalize on fintech innovations, including serving as a founding member of the Financial Innovation Now Coalition, one of the first DC-area fintech groups.

Ms. Netram began her career in financial services at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, with a rotation through the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Following her government service, she joined The McGraw-Hill Companies and then the Financial Services Roundtable, where she worked extensively on the Dodd-Frank Act.

Education

JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (2001)
BA, cum laude, Villanova University (1998)

What is it about FinTech that excites you?

How innovation continues to open up the financial services markets

What do you envisage being the biggest development in FinTech in the next 5 years?

P2P payments; digital assets

What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?

Reading, spending time with my family

What is the biggest change that you have witnessed in the sector over the past 12 months?

More partnerships between traditional financial services companies and tech companies