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Hannah Kirby
The Journey from QOZs to DAOs
"On the DAO, nobody knows you're a Fridge"

If there is one quality that describes Hannah Kirby, it is Continually Learning. For over 30 years, Hannah has been at the forefront of technology, finance, marketing, and knowledge based decision making. Her foray into Opportunity Funds tracked with a genuine desire to explore methods that create generational wealth for those who had been excluded from the process. This next chapter involves the democratization of real estate through digital tokens which will ultimately provide investment pathways for the average investor. Moreover, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations "DAOs" are poised to replace top down structures with the wisdom of the crowd. 

In 2019, Hannah Kirby was chosen to participate in the Catalyzing Investment in Opportunity Zones sponsored by the White House Council of Economic Advisors and the US Department of Housing & Urban Development. The Opportunity Project was championed by Secretary Ben Carson and the Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, Scott Turner. The national group was tasked with creating digital tools and resources to connect investors with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and workers within the 8,764 Opportunity Zones in the US. As a User Advocate for North Carolina, Hannah traveled the state interviewing community leaders and economic development directors. The experience became the impetus for launching funds that went beyond real estate development and focused on businesses that were locating within Opportunity Zones and the transformative power that new businesses have to transform lives.

Carolina Opportunity Funds was supported by an extended group of highly specialized professionals that provided legal, fund management, tax auditing, and banking services and was continually evaluating support partners that have the expertise and drive to transition Qualified Opportunity Funds into the mainstream of financial investment structures. Opportunity Zone investment provided a natural extension to management and financial skills that Hannah has refined over the thirty-year span of her career in corporate finance, securities trading, and commercial real estate. Driven by Fintech financial specialization, Hannah is able to take on complex commercial projects and communicate how technological advances in capital structuring provided value to builders and commercial buyers through alternatives that streamlined process, balance risk, and clarify exit strategies.

Hannah’s entrepreneurial career has taken her throughout the world. Whether exploring the plight of widows in India or educational engagement in Zimbabwe, Hannah has welcomed opportunities to nurture relationships that create pathways for sustainable growth and improving the quality of life of those less fortunate. Hannah is an active equestrian and understands the role that trust plays in establishing relationships with flight animals. She is also an avid golfer, although often wishes that she was a better avid golfer. Hannah volunteers her time with the First Tee of the Triangle, an organization that teaches life skills through golf. Down time is spent with her best friend and husband, Jamey, and their incredibly spoiled dog, Lily. 

Hannah is now exploring the next evolution of real estate - Fractionalized Ownership - hence the transition to Carolina Opportunity DAO. Join the Conversation at, an innovative platform where we'll explore not only the tokenization of real estate but the future of organizations. We'll continue to add content to this site where we hope to shed insight on topics that include:

  • Open Law

    • Rights and obligations within the crypto space

    • Liability 

    • DAOs and Legal Autonomous Organizations (LAOs)

    • Policy formation

    • Property Law

  • Digitizing and tokenizing 

    • Adding liquidity to the market​

    • Trading shares of the asset

  • Bridging the Gap between digital and physical​​

    • SPV structures for tokenization​

    • Jurisdiction

    • Fractionalized Ownership

  • Securitization​

    • Compliance​

    • Protocol Wrappers

    • Global licenses


The tokenization of real assets presents both opportunities and challenges and is sure to be an exciting journey into the future of organizations.    

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