Alex Zerden is the Founder and Principal of Capitol Peak Strategies, an emerging technologies and financial crimes risk advisory firm.
As a regulatory lawyer, economic policymaker, and financial diplomat, Alex brings a depth of public and private sector experience at the intersection of financial services, economics, and national security covering anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), economic sanctions, financial regulation, economic crisis response, anti-corruption, financial enforcement and oversight investigations, and public-private partnerships.
Alex has worked across the U.S. government, including at the White House National Economic Council, House of Representatives, Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), and the Treasury Department’s Office of International Affairs, Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). In 2018-2019, Alex deployed to Afghanistan to lead the Treasury Department office at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
Alex has published extensively on issues involving AML/CFT, economic sanctions, digital assets, anti-corruption, cybersecurity, and FinTech, including with the American Banker, Atlantic Council, Brookings Institution, Center for American Progress, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and New York University School of Law. Alex has been quoted and interviewed in media outlets including Al Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Alex received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law, and his B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the bipartisan Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a Senior Advisor to geopolitical risk consultancy WestExec Advisors, and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).