Gitcoin username: GClayMiller
ETH Address: 0xD1B5Ad78E657f3390ae0dE4a3305367d5a9220CF
Discord Handle: G Clay#0309
Twitter Handle: @G_Clay_Miller
Statement of Intention / My Values & Reason for Joining
I am a life-long progressive organizer at heart who has lived in seven different cities within the last six years—and taken extreme care to embed myself in each community that I have been a part of. Among my friend groups I am often referred to as the one who “knows everybody” and is “always organizing.” This reputation has come easily to me because of my genuine passion for meeting new people and organizing the communities I belong to.
My life has been lived at the intersection of technology and policy. As the son of two retired Associated Press foreign correspondents, I was born while my parents worked in Africa at the time of the Rwandan genocide. Later I spent several years growing up on the Korean peninsula, where the North did, and still does, systematically oppress the political rights of its citizens. We later moved to Washington DC, where my mother was one of the first journalists to use Twitter as she covered the war in Iraq. From an early age, I have been aware of the necessity of community organizing and civic engagement for improving human lives. My career has alternated between political activism and entrepreneurship in web3. Gitcoin’s mission of funding public goods by solving coordination problems within communities is something I would wake up inspired by—and dedicated to work on every day.
As a Steward I plan to focus on supporting the following:
Communities & Public Goods Funding: My primary goal for participating with Gitcoin is to ensure that disadvantaged and minority communities have the tools & resources they need to fund the issues most important to them. The path toward a decentralized grants protocol makes me optimistic that Gitcoin can empower those that need it most. I hope to be involved and learn from the PGF & Grants workstreams.
People & Progressive Decentralization: People are what power communities—and I love meeting new people! There have been many Gitcoin contributors who have welcomed me with open arms, and I wanted to be a friendly and supportive face for future members. I hope to find new ways for prospective members to contribute and reduce friction for those who want to support our mission—while recruiting link minded individuals to join our journey!
DAO/Meta Governance: As mentioned, I am a community organizer, policy-nerd, and news junkie—among other things. I hope to apply my two degrees in political science & administration toward mechanism design and learn from Gitcoin’s impressive roster of DAO-governance experts.
What Web3 Qualifications / Skills I have:
My passions described above have prompted my success at Penrose—a web3 advisory firm—where I have been a Partner and Head of Community. Penrose is a web3 advisory firm that has been operating for four years and has served some of the top organizations in our industry, including but not limited to: Algorand, NEAR, Oasis, 3iQ, XBTO, Netki, Knox Custody, the Government of Bermuda, the Government of Canada—and numerous top-tier law firms, banks, and consultancies. My work also gave me the opportunity to research and participate in several DAOs.
In April 2022 I appeared on the Blockchain.com podcast to share educational content on DAOs and my experience as a Contributor at HODL-PAC, a fundraising community using Gitcoin’s quadratic funding mechanism to amplify grassroots donations to pro-crypto candidates for the US Congress. Most recently I founded a web3 co-working and community hub called ThursDAO that uses DAO methodologies to coordinate our workspace and events. Now I have been ‘Green-Pilled’ and am eager to expand into the field of impact DAOs at the most respected organization in the space: Gitcoin.
Prior to Penrose, I had been a political operative for Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign; a founder and Director of Digital Marketing for a non-profit focused on registering minority voters; the Founder of the LSE Remote Mobilization Unit for Joe Biden; and the Activist Director for my local Florida party’s Environmental Caucus. I accomplished all of the aforementioned activities (and began working at Penrose) while simultaneously applying for, and completing my Master’s of Science in Public Policy & Administration at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). My journey down the web3 rabbit hole began long before grad school, having worked professionally in the space since 2016 where I was an early employee at Canada’s largest ICO consultancy: MLG Blockchain.
*Operations & Organization
*Community Organizing & Growth
*Digital Strategy & Marketing
*Open-Mindedness & Tolerance