Early Life and Education
Van Valkenburgh is originally from Vienna, Virginia and graduated from Marshall High School.  He was admitted to the American Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005 where he earned an AA in dramatic arts.  Van Valkenburgh attended George Mason University and earned a BS in economics in 2011.  Van Valkenburgh attained his JD specializing in Intellectual Property Law from NYU School of Law in 2014. 
Early in his career, Van Valkenburgh co-founded and became the Technical Director of 1st Stage Systems where he coordinated media activities and events.  He also founded this own small business, Canvas, LLC were he provided services as a Web Designer and Audio-Visual Designer.  As a Research Assistant for Professor Geoffrey Miller, he proofread and edited the professor's book on banking regulation, drafted research memos, and conducted data entry and manipulation for empirical research on attorney fee awards in class action settlements. 
In May 2013, Van Valkenburgh became a Google Policy Fellow for TechFreedom where he drafted and edited policy and litigation briefs.  He became the Director of Research at Coin Center in September 2014 and is responsible for providing policy reports and backgrounders for policymakers.  During his tenure, Van Valkenburgh has testified before Congress, briefed legislators in the U.S. and European Union, and developed a network of thinkers, academics, and experts in the field of cryptocurrency.  In addition, he is a Board Member at the Zcash Foundation. 
Van Valkenburgh is married to his wife, Jordan Gehley.