Alison Smith Mangiero

Alison Smith Mangiero

Alison Smith Mangiero, '05, is a recovering political scientist interested in the ways that blockchain technology will drive social, political, and economic innovation. In 2018 she founded the Tocqueville Group (“TQ Tezos”), an entity which fosters use of the Tezos blockchain protocol by creating open source software.

A passionate advocate of the liberal arts, Alison also teaches courses on leadership, 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 Jepson School of Leadership Studies Executive Board of Advisors at the University of Richmond and the board of the Proof of Stake Alliance, an organization that aims to bring legal and regulatory clarity to the nascent proof-of-stake industry.

Before founding TQ Tezos, Alison ran 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 and grew it to more than 10,000 students across 30 chapters at top U.S. business schools. 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 with honors from the University of Richmond, and an M.A. (Ph.D. ABD) in political science from Boston College. Alison lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband, Dan, and two young daughters, Lena and Emmy.

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