From 2006-2011, Ed served as the 38th director of the United States Mint. He was responsible for running the world’s largest manufacturer of circulating coins, precious metal bullion, and numismatic products. His role included working closely with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Congress, and the Federal Reserve, especially during the Financial Crisis and Great Recession.
From 2001-2006, he served as a special assistant to the president for presidential personnel at the White House. He was responsible for recommending to the president candidates to serve in the highest levels of federal government. His portfolio included most of the cabinet departments (including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education) and independent agencies (including the President’s Council on Bioethics and the National Science Foundation).
Ed also provides commentary on monetary policy, gold, currency, cryptocurrencies, federal employment policies, and the political appointments process for national financial and news media. Ed has worked in senior leadership positions and as a corporate director for both privately held and public companies, and led a federal government regulatory agency from 1989-1993. He is also a published author (American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the US Bullion Coin Programs) and is working on his second book, a history of Fort Knox.
He currently serves on the board of CurrencyWorks (CWRK:CSE, CWRK:OTC), a fintech company specializing in blockchain applications. He also serves on the board of advisors of drone maker Draganfly, Inc. (DFLY.CN, DFLY:OTC, 3U8.F), advises several cryptocurrency/blockchain companies, and several conventional companies, including Valaurum and Boxcar Transit. Ed is also on the board of regents for Trinity International University, a Fellow of the Center for Presidential Transitions, an advisor to the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, and is a Senior Policy Fellow with the American Conservative Union.
He lives in the Washington, DC area with wife Karen and his daughters Nora and Lucy, both adopted from China.