A former White House employee and a close aide to President Obama has now taken the role of the Global Chief of Communications at Bitcoin miner Bitfury.

Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith

A PR veteran who was previously serving as the Deputy White House Press Secretary and Special Assistant to President Obama has now accepted the role of global chief of communications at prominent bitcoin miner, Bitfury.

Jamie Elizabeth Smith, has also served as Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She was also the Director of Communications for the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee headed by the then Chairman Rockefeller. She also lists her past experience as a Traveling Press Director for Hillary Clinton’s previous Presidential campaign in 2008.

With a post on Medium, Smith summed up her foray into the Bitcoin industry.

After a great deal of research, curiosity and examination, it has become very clear to me that in no uncertain terms, this [Blockchain] technology can — and will — positively change the world.

In a post titled “Why I Believe in the Blockchain and Why You Should Too,” Smith sees the technology as a ‘groundbreaking innovation’ while explaining her reasons to join Bitfury.

I believe in the Blockchain and the transformational power of this technology. And you should too. In fact, I believe in the Blockchain so much that I just left my fantastic job working for Edelman… [a prominent PR firm]… to take on the Global Chief of Communications at Bitfury.

An excerpt from the post also queried, “So, why would I leave this path to take my chances on the Blockchain? And, what is the Blockchain anyway?”

An explanation read:

Simply put – the Blockchain is an unalterable public ledger where every single bitcoin transaction is recorded, enabling peer-to-peer payments to be made without the need for a bank or other third-party.

She also referenced Brian Forde, a former White House staffer who now leads the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT Media Lab. Smith also cites a host of senior officials endeavoring into the Blockchain space from sectors such as government, finance, technology, law enforcement and more.

Smith joins the likes of Dr. James Newsome who previously served under President Clinton as the Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Dr. Newsome and Hernando de Soto, the president of an influential Peruvian think-tank called Institute for Liberty and Democracy are now on the advisory board at BitFury.

The Bitcoin miner and Blockchain infrastructure provider recently announced a $100 million data center project in Georgia. The endeavor involves the installation of a 100MW data center, the second built by the BitFury Group in Georgia.

Featured image from Shutterstock. Jamie Smith image from LinkedIn.