Jane Khodarkovsky was General Counsel and Head of Risk & Compliance at Celo Foundation, which was founded to support the growth and development of the decentralized, open-source, mobile-first Celo platform to help build a regenerative financial system. Jane oversaw all aspects of legal, regulatory and compliance, focusing on decentralized finance (DeFi), decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), anti-money laundering, sanctions, securities, and corporate law in the digital technology space in the United States and abroad.
Additionally, Jane advises private companies and projects focused on regenerative finance, sustainability, machine learning, digital identity and on-chain AML and sanctions compliance. She also serves as an expert witness in civil cases at the intersection of money laundering, financial crimes, corruption and human trafficking, and she is frequently invited to speak and train private and public sector actors on these issues.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Jane was a Trial Attorney and Human Trafficking Finance Specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (DOJ/MLARS), where she investigated and prosecuted multi-jurisdictional and international money laundering and financial
crimes, including those involving virtual currency and exchanges, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations, human rights, human trafficking, corporate supply chains, and child exploitation. She regularly provided subject matter expertise, guidance and training to DOJ litigating components, U.S. Attorney's Offices, and international, federal, state, and local law enforcement on issues relating to money laundering, financial crimes, forfeiture and restitution. She co-authored “Prosecuting Sex Trafficking Cases in the Wake of the Backpage Takedown and the World of Cryptocurrency,” 69 Dep't of Just. J. Fed. L. & Prac. 101 (2021), published in the Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice. Prior to DOJ, Jane investigated and prosecuted enterprise corruption, money laundering, financial crimes and public corruption cases in the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. Jane earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, and Bachelor in Arts from Barnard College, summa cum laude.