Alison Mangiero is a recovering Political Scientist interested in the ways that blockchain technology will drive social, political, and economic innovation. She is currently president and co-founder of the Tocqueville Group (“TQ Tezos”), an entity which fosters use of the Tezos protocol, a blockchain technology that evolves by upgrading itself. Tezos is fully decentralized and it is the role of TQ to help grow, strengthen and address the needs of the Tezos ecosystem by creating open source software and facilitating awareness and adoption of the protocol.
A passionate advocate of the liberal arts, she also currently teaches courses on Leadership Studies, Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at the College of the Holy Cross where she serves as Director of New York City Programs. She also serves on the Executive Board of Advisors for the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.
Before founding TQ Tezos, Alison was senior director for the Manhattan Institute’s Adam Smith Society, a nationwide, chapter-based association of free-market MBA students and business leaders. She managed the group from its inception with four students at Harvard Business School to over 30 chapters at top US business schools and over 10,000 members. She also served as an instructor of political science at the College of the Holy Cross, taught as a pre-doctoral fellow in the Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University, and was a visiting scholar at the Jepson School.
She holds a B.A. in political science and leadership studies from the University of Richmond, and an M.A. (PhD ABD) in political science from Boston College.