About Us - Valkyrie

Our leaders

The Valkyrie team has deep expertise in traditional asset management with extensive backgrounds in building, launching, and scaling financial products with major financial firms. We aim to be the experts across the universe of investment management and digital assets.


Leah Wald

Chief Executive Officer


Leah Wald is the CEO of Valkyrie Investments. She is an economist with an expertise in asset management focused on value investing. As a direct report to the CEO of Vital Financial, Wald spearheaded investment strategies for multi-billion dollar asset managers on global macro strategy.

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Steven McClurg

Chief Investment Officer


Steven McClurg is the Chief Investment Officer of Valkyrie Investments. He has considerable traditional finance and Fintech experience, ranging from insurtech and payments to blockchain. Previously, Mr. McClurg was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, where he was a portfolio manager and...

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Nick Bonos

Head of Fund Operations


Nikolaos (Nick) Bonos has been in the financial services industry for more than 32 years. He has worked in various senior operational roles for State Street, JP Morgan Chase, Rydex Investments, Security Benefit Corp., Guggenheim Investments, and MUFG Investor Services (US), LLC.

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Lori Tiernan

Chief Marketing Officer


Lori Tiernan brings over a decade of experience launching and growing financial brands. Since 2013, she has run Innovative Asset Growth where she served in an outsourced CMO capacity to several emerging and niche asset managers and FinTech brands. She was an early employee...

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Will McDonough

Vice Chairman


Will McDonough is the Vice Chairman of Valkyrie Investments, and co-founder of the Valkyrie On Chain DeFi Fund.  Will brings over 20 years of experience as an investor and entrepreneur with a career ranging from sports management to global finance. In 2014, Mr. McDonough led...

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John Key

Managing Director


John is the Managing Director of Valkyrie Investments. Key is the Principal/Founder of Key Strategic Advisors, LLC, a strategic advisory and consulting firm specializing in advising asset managers on their growth strategies and corporate development initiatives.

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Wes Cowan

Managing Director, DeFi


Wes Cowan is the Managing Director of Decentralized Finance at Valkyrie, and co-founder of the Valkyrie On Chain DeFi Fund. Prior to working in the blockchain sector, Wes was a Principal at JPMorgan managing over $800 Million, before leaving to start his own tech agency...

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Shawn Singh

Director/ Principal


Mr. Singh is an experienced financial services legal, compliance, fintech and business professional. Shawn was the Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of a multi-billion dollar asset manager and was responsible for the Brevan Howard firm spin out in 2014-2015...

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Kristen Flores

Operations Manager


Kristen Flores is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Business Administration. Having spent most of her career in project management in the accounting and finance industry, she understands the importance of teamwork and team synergy.

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Sean Rooney

VP of Research and Trading


Sean Rooney graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Business Administration and an accomplished D1 volleyball career. After four All-American seasons and one NCAA championship, Sean joined the United States National Team and competed in two Olympic Games...

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John Mulroy

Head of Capital Markets


John is a Senior-Level Capital Markets Executive with 25+ years of experience specializing in ETF creation and distribution, with more than 35 years of experience in the Financial Industry as a whole. John managed the ETF team at Guggenheim Investments in Chicago and oversaw 77 ETFs...

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Annie Little

Marketing Associate


Annie Little is nearing a decade of dynamic and successful marketing experience for freelanced clients in a range of sectors. With a BA cum laude in Advertising and Graphic Art from Pepperdine University, she specializes in graphic design, social media management, and photography...

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Jamie Jones

VP of Sales


Jamie began her career in the financial industry 8 years ago as an Investment Advisor before transitioning to investment product sales at JPMorgan Asset Management. She has comprehensive experience partnering with RIA and Independent Broker Dealer firms, with breadth of expertise....

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Shannon Smith

Senior Investor Relations Associate


Shannon Smith is the Senior Investor Relations Associate at Valkyrie. She joins with 4 years' experience in the alternative asset management space. Prior to joining Valkyrie, she worked in investor relations and marketing at asset-based credit specialist Raven Capital Management...

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Benjamin Gaffey

Fund Controller


Ben Gaffey is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over a decade of experience in auditing financial services companies and funds. As a senior manager at Ernst & Young, he worked with a number of financial institutions including Guggenheim, State Street, US Bank and...

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Liam Rafferty

Data Analyst


Liam began his career as an Investment Analyst at JP Morgan Securities, where he held his Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses. He left JPM in 2016 for Bain Capital, where he focused on the internal reporting for Bain Capital Credit with over $40 billion across 100+ funds...

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