Daniel Gorfine

Expert in FinTech Innovation & Modern Financial Markets and Services

Gattaca Horizons LLC was founded by Daniel Gorfine, an experienced regulatory, public policy, strategic communications, and business executive with substantial in-house, government, and think tank experience across the technology and financial markets & services sectors.  As an attorney and subject-matter expert, Gorfine was previously appointed by the Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to serve as the Agency’s first Chief Innovation Officer and Director of LabCFTC.


In this capacity, Gorfine developed and led the Commission’s new technology innovation and regulatory modernization effort focused on informing policy and helping the Agency keep pace with modern, digital markets.  Gorfine served as a senior Agency representative on FinTech and crypto-asset issues, worked with staff and Members of Congress, coordinated with domestic and international regulators, and provided expert testimony before Congress. 


Gorfine currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center teaching FinTech Law & Policy.  He is also a Director and Co-Founder of the Digital Dollar Project, a not-for-profit effort to advance exploration of a United States Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Gorfine is a senior advisor to Flourish Ventures and recently helped launch the Financial Technology Association, where he currently serves as a senior policy advisor.


Prior to his CFTC appointment, Gorfine was Vice President, External Affairs & Associate General Counsel at OnDeck where he spearheaded efforts to create a new industry trade association and business standards.  Gorfine also previously served as Director of Financial Markets Policy and Legal Counsel at the Milken Institute think tank, earlier in his career worked at the international law firm Covington & Burling LLP, and served a clerkship with U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake in the District of Maryland.

A graduate of Brown University (A.B.), Gorfine holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and an M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.