NYC Blockchain Center’s key goals:

  • Provide access to shared space that promotes learning and connectivity within the blockchain ecosystem
  • Create a robust partnership network of non-profit, academic, and private sector entities
  • Support those launching blockchain ventures through mentorship and educational programs
  • Promote diversity and inclusion within the blockchain ecosystem
  • Create a forum for regulators to engage with entrepreneurs and discuss regulatory developments affecting blockchain technology

Executive Leadership

Kimberly L. Quinones
Executive Director, NYC Blockchain Center


Ms. Quinones joined the NYC Blockchain Center as Executive Director in March 2019. She is passionate about bridging the public and the private sectors and the potential of blockchain technology as a driver of innovation and economic opportunity. She has held senior positions in finance, government and non-profits, most recently as CFO for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, the New York State authority operating Roosevelt Island in New York City, the home of Cornell Tech. In a previous administration, Ms. Quinones worked with the NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning, where she represented the Mayor’s Office on the boards of the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the NYC Industrial Development Authority.

In the private sector, Ms. Quinones was a Public Finance banker in New York and Los Angeles, providing capital market funding solutions for state and local governments. She specialized in infrastructure and general fund financings for large and frequent municipal bond issuers, including states, airports, water and sewer authorities, public power providers, transportation agencies, transit authorities, and many of the ten largest cities nationwide. Her experience spans the range of municipal market participants, from a large multi-national banking institution, to national and regional broker-dealers, to a small privately-owned firm that is the oldest U.S. Hispanic-owned broker-dealer.

Ms. Quinones holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University. In 2009-2016 she was a board member and strategic advisor to California Women Lead, a non-partisan non-profit providing leadership training for women seeking elected or appointed office in California. She was also the 2000-2001 President of the Financial Women’s Association of New York and a long-time board member. Ms. Quinones served on the Boards of Governors of the Municipal Forum of New York and the Vanderbilt YMCA. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Ms. Quinones to the California Volunteers Commission in 2013 and Governor Mario Cuomo appointed her to the Committee on Fiscal and Economic Priorities in 1994.

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Zlata Baldekova
Director, Programming 
NYC Blockchain Center 


Zlata graduated from Boston University Questrom School of Business with BSBA degree and currently resides in NYC. She joined NYC Blockchain Center in January 2019.

Zlata started her career at Deloitte & Touché Consulting/Family Office Advisory Group, then joined Family Office Practice at KPMG and subsequently worked for Leonard Stern Single Family Office.

In her previous roles in the blockchain space, Zlata was a Partner at a fintech company Bankex, overseeing global business initiatives and a Senior Vice President – Strategic Partnerships of Hollywood blockchain technology venture MovieCoin. She was also an advisor at Atari Platform, a blockchain division of popular publicly listed gaming company Atari and Managing Partner of Tokyo based company, Soramitsu, Hyperledger Iroha developers.

Recently, Zlata co-founded, a blockchain cyber security platform for prevention of cyber attacks in real time.

In 2017, she joined US education non profit Dare to Run as a Founding Board Member and a Treasurer with the mission to help women run for office.