Ian Plunkett

Chief Marketing Officer

Ian Plunkett is Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Alder Renewables, where he leads communications, brand strategy, and marketing operations. He has spent his career working at the forefront of transformational disruption in media, finance, and now renewable fuels.   

Ian built and scaled Twitter’s Global Policy Communications team around the world from 2015-2021, overseeing communications engagement on issues such as data protection and privacy, countering violent extremism, content moderation, and election integrity. He oversaw communications strategy regarding parliamentary and congressional testimony around the world, C-suite media relations, as well as rapid response and crisis communications. His writing has been featured in the The New York Times, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, The Times of India, The Sunday Times, and more.   

After his tenure at Twitter, Ian joined Coinbase as the first Director of Global Policy Communications where he advised the company’s CEO and C-suite team on policy and communications issues, including the first regulatory position paper published by the firm. Ian is also a Venture Partner at Eden Block, an early-stage venture firm that backs companies utilizing blockchain technology for societal impact and decentralization.   

Previously, he worked for Tech Nation, an agency tasked with furthering the UK's domestic tech ecosystem on behalf of then Prime Minister, David Cameron. Ian also worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Michael McMahon, who sat on the Subcommittee for Foreign Affairs, and he is a graduate of the Washington-Ireland Program for Service and Leadership, a post-conflict program established in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement in his native Ireland. He is also a former UNAOC Fellow, UK Young Leaders Fellow, and a recipient of a Fulbright Award (postponed completion for post at Twitter).  

He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Dublin City University and an M.Sc. in Political Science & Communications from the London School of Economics.