About Us - Valkyrie Investments - Alternative Asset Management

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...

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Investment Management & DeFi

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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Bill Cannon

Head of ETF Portfolio Management

Bill Cannon is the Head of ETF Portfolio Management as a Managing Director at Valkyrie. Prior to joining Valkyrie, Bill was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, where he was member of the insurance portfolio management division...

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Josh Olszewicz

Head of Research

Josh is a seasoned crypto analyst and trader with nearly a decade of experience trading crypto markets. Prior to joining Valkyrie, Josh led the crypto research team at BraveNewCoin and was a portfolio manager for Techemy Capital. Josh holds a BS in Human Biology...

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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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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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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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Kyle Lazernik

DeFi Analyst

Kyle Lazernik is a DeFi Analyst at Valkyrie. Prior to joining Valkyrie, Kyle helped build a nationwide wellness brand and played a key role in its $40 million dollar acquisition in 2021. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors in Finance...

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Tim Hesselsweet

Quantitative Analyst

Tim Hesselsweet is a quantitative analyst. Prior to working in digital assets, Tim was as a portfolio manager at hedge funds and proprietary trading firms including Schonfeld, Niederhoffer Investments and SMB Capital. Since 2017, Tim has created tools to monitor blockchain activity....

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Operations & Compliance

James O'Brien

Chief Operating Officer

An entrepreneur by trade, James joins Valkyrie with over a decade spent in the startup space founding, building, and raising capital for firms across a variety of industries and stages of growth. Previous to joining Valkyrie, James was the first hire at AltoIRA, a Nashville-based fintech company...

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Scottland Keefer

Chief Compliance Officer

Scottland Keefer has worked in the financial services industry for over 10 years and is a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois. He began his career at Deloitte Tax, advising large trading firms and hedge funds. After moving to the in-house Legal and Compliance practice, Scottland has worked...

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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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Kevin Farragher

Senior Product Specialist

Kevin Farragher has over thirty years of experience in the financial service and asset management industries. He has served in senior capacities in operations, product management and compliance and supervision at a number of institutions, most prominently Rydex Investments...

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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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Deborah Mickelson

Executive Assistant to CIO

Deborah Mickelson brings over two decades of business operations and administrative support in varied fields, from finance to non-profit. Deborah prides herself in leading and supporting teams in both innovative and intelligent ways while cultivating and nurturing successful...

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Shawn Singh

Director/ Legal Advisor

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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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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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...

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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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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....

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Brian McQuade

Director of Business Development

Brian is the Director of Business Development here at Valkyrie Investments. He brings a battle-tested Warrior mindset to the Valkyrie team with 12 years of Army experience including combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. After his Army career, Brian Co-Founded...

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Nate Larrivee

Internal Sales Consultant

Nate is an Internal Sales Consultant at Valkyrie Investments. He began his career in Financial Services at Natixis Investment Managers as an Investment Consultant. Nate is an active member of the Digital Asset Council of Financial Professionals. The DACFP is dedicated to advancing...

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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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Annie Little

Marketing Associate, Internship Coordinator

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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