Ashley Elsner is a medicinal cannabis patient, treating her ailment by visiting dispensaries and purchasing her medicine. Having a background in FinTech, she was perplexed but understood the financial transactions (or lack thereof) that took place when in the dispensaries. Ashley decided to get involved using her extensive operations and law experience that she gained while working in a financial regulatory law group, along with her years of comprehensive financial tech experience and advanced education, to found artery Inc.
artery Inc. provides easy, low-cost banking alternatives and digital transaction services using blockchain, ultimately helping business owners who operate in cash heavy or high-risk industries such as the cannabis market, to safely and legally conduct transactions free from the risks associated with cash.
Ashley’s enviable career began soon after her completion of a BA in political science at the prestigious Yale University. She first accepted a position with Sidley Austin’s financial regulatory group based in New York City. There, she gained invaluable knowledge of back-office operations by working with hundreds of financial institutions and acquired hands-on experience conducting the state and SEC compliance reporting for investment funds, interfacing with fund administrators and general counsel.
Quite impressively, while she was simultaneously attending both business and law school, she co-founded Greenshoe Asset Management, an online hedge fund investment platform, where she was the Vice President of Operations. Ashley explains that Greenshoe was developed because she and her partners were passionate about the potential of financial technology’s ability to transform how people engage in the financial space. The goal of the business was to connect newly accredited investors with emerging investment managers.
Ashley holds a B.A. in Poli Sci from Yale College and a J.D.M.B.A. from Northwestern School of Law and Kellogg School of Management. Ashely was most recently also voted Top 100 People in Finance.