Marion, Rebecca, and Bryant (Photo: Vahe Hovhannisyan/RL)
Ripple Labs continues to expand at a rapid pace, and we’re excited to welcome another round of new team members.
Rebecca Schwartz (Project Manager, Risk & Compliance)
I grew up in Lafayette in the East Bay. For the last four years, I lived in Washington—where I had the opportunity to meet President Obama and President Bill Clinton!
I received my MBA and Master in Public Policy from the University of Maryland in 2013. I then worked for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association in Washington DC, where I analyzed funding and financing legislation. I previously worked on government relations for Kaprica Security, a cyber security start-up in Virginia. After graduating from UC Davis in 2009, I joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program, where I worked on financial education programs at Sacramento Mutual Housing Association.
I am thrilled to be part of the Ripple Labs team! As a project manager with the compliance team, I’m currently working on MSB license applications and risk reporting. I’ll also be focusing on account identification.
I’m so excited to blend my passion of public policy with the mission of Ripple Labs. I was especially drawn to Ripple Labs because of the broad accessibility of the Ripple payment network, which will enable us to reach the underbanked and financially underserved throughout the world.
Rome Reginelli (Documentation Engineer, Technical Writer)
I’m a longtime fan of open source and Web technology—starting from when I was using Mozilla Suite to make my Pokémon website in middle school. From there, I became a hobbyist programmer alongside my other interest, writing, and eventually got a degree in English from Pomona College with a minor in Computer Science.
I’ve done technical writing for embedded Linux, social game companies, and databases, so I’m bringing my hands-on style of tech writing to Ripple Labs as a Documentation Engineer, contributing to our Developer Portal, wiki, and anywhere else you’ll find an explanation of Ripple’s tech.
I’m excited to be on board with a company that’s bringing shared, open standards to the arcane and proprietary world of finance and banking. I love Ripple’s constructive, friendly approach, and, paired with the ingenious technology of cryptocurrency I think it really has the potential to change the world.
Bryant Gehring (User Support Manager)
I joined Ripple Labs to serve as the User Support Manager. I’ll be working to address the issues that our users face and to make sure that all users of the Ripple client have the best experience possible. Additionally, I’ll be working to ensure that Ripple Labs is able to address any issues facing partners and developers building on the Ripple protocol, even as the protocol continues to grow in usage.
I come to Ripple Labs with a strong customer service background in the tech space, having worked at Apple and Google previously. Joining the team at Ripple Labs provided me with an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ever-changing world of payments, and I’m really excited to seize this opportunity!
Outside of the workplace, I spend much of my time hiking, reading, and training to be a professional wrestler. Additionally, I’m an avid traveler and take some crazy trips—such as riding the trans-Siberian rail from Moscow to Vladivostok. I’m excited to be here; see you in the forums!
Scott Schurr (C++ Engineer)
I’ve been developing C++ code for years. For the previous 5 years, I was developing highly optimized real-time embedded C++. My passion is making code that is extremely reliable and runs fast. When Ripple Labs offered me the opportunity to work on rippled (in C++11), I jumped at the chance. In my career, I’ve worked with integrated circuit testers, navigation, 3D CAD, robots, and lasers. This is the first time I’ve been involved with finance. I’m really excited to be here.
I’m happily married with two grown kids. In my spare time, I play the Chapman Stick and sing. I was in a garage band for 12 years, but the band broke up about two years ago. It’s getting to be time for me to find a new band.
Miguel Portilla (C++ Engineer)
I was born in Miami, Florida. My passion for video games first started in the late 70s with game consoles from RCA and Atari. At 10, I taught myself how to program on the Commodore Vic-20 and it wasn’t long before I was learning Assembly on the Apple II. My first original release was a BBS coded in Applesoft along with my brother Alex on the Franklin Ace 1100 in 1983. I’ve been designing and creating games ever since.
I joined Ripple Labs because I’m interested in working on revolutionary software that will benefit people and make a difference. I also enjoy very much working with and being part of an all-star company. I’m a C++ software engineer working with the rippled team.
Marion Krieger (Executive Assistant)
I’m an Executive Assistant for the Business Development team, supporting Patrick and the team with their daily schedule and workload. Before coming to Ripple Labs, I worked as a Development and Administrative Assistant at a San Francisco based human rights litigation non-profit organization called the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) after graduing from UC Berkeley.
I grew up in Germany, but I’ve studied and worked in many different countries. I had the chance to teach elementary school children in Costa Rica and Dalit child laborers in a boarding school in Tamil Nadu, India. I also studied in Tanzania, where I worked in an orphanage for six months, and I took part in a cultural studies program in Thailand for 3 months.
How I ended up at Ripple Labs was a lucky coincidence because of my German language background. Combined with my Development Studies background, I’m super excited about the future potential of Ripple in expanding payment systems to traditionally underbanked communities and providing an inclusive and decentralized payment solution.
I’m a very adventurous person and love to learn about different people and cultures by backpacking throughout the world. I live for a good challenge and even though I may not look like it, I climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, in six days during my time in Tanzania. It was one of the hardest things physically and mentally that I have ever done, but it taught me some valuable life lessons—to never give up no matter how hard it is to reach the top and that the harder the journey is the more fruitful the rewards will be.