Alan Cohn

Of Counsel
Blockchain Alliance

Alan Cohn is an attorney and consultant in Washington, DC. He is of counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he focuses on cybersecurity, emerging technologies such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology, and national security issues. He is also an independent consultant and a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company’s public sector practice. From 2006 to 2015, Alan served in senior policy and management positions at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), most recently serving concurrently as Assistant Secretary for strategy, planning, analysis and risk, and as second-in-charge of the overall DHS Office of Policy. Alan serves as counsel to the Blockchain Alliance, a non-profit organization that creates a forum for bitcoin and blockchain companies to engage with law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Alan is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center on International Security. He is a co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Cybersecurity, and a member of the Forum’s Cybercrime initiative. Alan earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.