Jess Houlgrave 

Chief of Staff

As’s executive chief of staff, Jess leads the office of the CEO and is responsible for the company’s organizational cadence and global scaling strategy. She also chairs the company’s Impact and Corporate Social Responsibility steering committee. 

Prior to joining Checkout, Jess was the founder and COO of Codex Protocol, an Ethereum project to track the provenance of assets using NFTs. Before that she was a Portfolio Manager for OPTrust's Private Markets Investment Group, and started her investment banking career at Credit Suisse. 

Jess sits on the Bank of England Engagement Forum for CBDC, and was recognized in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2019 and the 2020 Innovate Finance Powerlist. She has an M.A. in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and an M.A. in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art.

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