Meet Robert Bench -
Robert Bench

Robert Bench

Director Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


Robert Bench is the Director of Applied Fintech Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this capacity, Robert is tasked with performing FinTech market research and experimentation to inform Federal Reserve System policy and decision-makers about the implications of FinTech on the financial services industry and Federal Reserve’s mission broadly. The group’s current focus is blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and private and fiat digital currencies. Robert brings over 15 years of experience across the intersections of financial regulation, law, and technology.

Before joining the Boston Fed, Robert was the chief compliance officer and associate general counsel of Circle Internet Financial, a consumer internet company focused on financial services and blockchain technology. While at Circle, in addition to leading the compliance and regulatory functions of the firm, Robert closely engaged with the U.S. and global lawmakers, regulators, and law enforcement on blockchain technology and its impact on current legal and regulatory frameworks.

Before his role at Circle, Robert’s career focused on the regulation of U.S. banks and foreign banking organizations. Robert began his career as an examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Robert is a graduate of the Boston College Carroll School of Management and the Northeastern University School of Law.

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