Dara Albright is a recognized authority, thought provoker and speaker on all topics related to crowdfinance. She has a distinguished 22-year career in IPO execution, investment banking, corporate communications, financial marketing as well as institutional and retail sales. Albright was one of the earliest voices covering the JOBS Act and advocating for greater democracy in the equity and credit markets. In 2011, she started the NowStreet blog and helped set the direction of the crowdfinance industry through ground-breaking and thought provoking articles. She produced the first major crowdfunding conference; co-founded LendIt, the largest and most recognized global p2p & online lending conference organization, and helped establish trade & leadership organizations for the industry. She has been featured in Forbes, ABA Banking Journal, Thestreet.com, Private Wealth Magazine and more. She is also a board member of SparkMarket, the nation’s first portal allowing unaccredited investors to legally crowdfund via intrastate exemption.