Adrienne Valencia Garcia is currently IBM’s Senior Counsel for Blockchain Solutions, a first-of-a-kind role created in April 2017 while she was completing a three-year assignment in Latin America. As the Senior Counsel for Blockchain, Adrienne is the worldwide legal executive focal for all blockchain engagements and oversees the global members of the law department who support blockchain transactions. She is a trusted adviser the senior leadership relies upon to navigate complex legal, policy and regulatory issues. Consequently, Adrienne has become a recognized thought leader in establishing IBM’s positions in these areas and is a sought-after speaker in the space.
Adrienne joined IBM in June 2006 after practicing as a litigator in NYC for 10 years. After various client-facing roles focused on closing key strategic deals around IBM’s varied portfolio, in August 2014, she relocated to Mexico City to be the Lead Counsel for IBM’s Latin America Global Consulting Services business and co-leader for IBM’s internal Latin America law department education efforts.
Adrienne holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in NYC and received her B.A from the State University of NY at StonyBrook. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion; and is currently serving as a 2018 Fellow of the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) which works to identify high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds and set them on the path to leadership in their organizations. Adrienne is also a proud co-chair for the launch of the NYC Chapter of Diversity in Blockchain (https://diversityinblockchain.com/), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering everyone from all walks of life to engage with blockchain technology in order to ensure equal participation and distribution.