CEO & Co-Founder
Zac Townsend is a leader and innovator at the intersection of tech, finance, and policy. Zac is CEO and Co-Founder of Meanwhile, the first life insurance provider denominated and operating entirely in a digital asset, BTC. Zac was the Head of Product and Co-Founder of Standard Treasury, which participated in the summer 2013 batch of Y Combiantor. As the head of product there, he conceived and built one of the earliest “banking-as-a-service” companies and ultimately sold it to a top-20 bank. Zac has also served in a range of senior government tech-policy roles including his time as a Senior Technology Advisor to Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker and CTO for the City of Newark. Additionally, he served as the inaugural Chief Data Officer for the State of California. Most recently, Zac was an Associate Partner and a leader in the financial services practice at McKinsey & Company where he focused on interim product and business unit leadership roles at banks and insurance companies. After getting his undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and Public Policy from Brown University, Zac earned his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, where he focused on public financial and statistical methods.