Aida M. Alvarez
The Honorable Aida Alvarez has been an award-winning journalist, a successful investment banker, and, as Administrator of the Small Business Administration under President Clinton, was the first Hispanic woman to serve in a President’s Cabinet. She currently serves on the boards of Wal-Mart, Union Bank, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and chairs the Latino Community Foundation.
A Harvard graduate, Alvarez also holds honorary doctorates from Bethany College, Iona College, Mercy College and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. Alvarez was elected to serve on the Harvard Board of Overseers.
Senator Dean Florez, CEO and President, 20 Million Minds Foundation
Senator Dean Florez, the grandson of farm laborers, was born and raised in California’s Central Valley and proudly represented the predominately Latino/Hispanic region in the State Legislature for over 12 years. Senator Florez was first elected to the State Assembly in 1998, serving two terms before being elected to the State Senate in 2002. He was elevated to the position of Senate Majority Leader in November 2008, the Senate’s second most powerful position. He served as chairman of several committees, including: Banking, Finance and International Trade; Governmental Organization; and Food and Agriculture. In political retirement, Senator Florez is now currently heading the 20 Million Minds Foundation as CEO and President.
Senator Florez attended Bakersfield College before earning his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles, where he served as student body president. In 1993 he received his MBA from Harvard.
Chris Larsen, CEO, Prosper
Chris Larsen is CEO and Co-founder of Prosper Prosper, America's largest peer-to-peer lending marketplace. Prosper is a continuation of Larsen's commitment to leveraging the Internet to make consumer lending markets more efficient, transparent, and trustworthy.
Prior to Prosper, Larsen co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of E-Loan. Under his leadership, E-Loan was heralded as one of the America's most trusted consumer brands. During his tenure, Larsen pioneered the open access to credit scores movement by making E-Loan the first company to show consumers their FICOTM scores. Mr. Larsen also played a pivotal role in the passage of the strongest consumer financial privacy protection law in the nation and was hailed by Congresswoman Jackie Speier as being, "critical to the success of the bill."
Mr. Larsen serves at the Board and Advisory levels at numerous companies and organizations including, ACCION International's Center for Financial Inclusion, Center for Financial Inclusion / Mott Foundation un- and underbanked financial services research group, CreditKarma, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Progresso Financial, Qifang, and The Silicon Valley Community Foundation's anti-payday lending policy committee. He is also a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).
Mr. Larsen holds an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University and a B.S. degree from San Francisco State University, where he was named the 2004 Alumnus of the Year.
Carl Pascarella, Executive Advisor at TPG Capital
Mr. Pascarella is an Executive Advisor at TPG Capital, a leading global private equity firm. He joined TPG after retiring from Visa U.S.A., Inc. in 2005, where he served as the company's President and Chief Executive Officer for 12 years. Additionally, Mr. Pascarella served as President and CEO of Visa International's Asia-Pacific Region and Director of the Asia-Pacific Regional Board. Prior to joining Visa International, he held positions as Vice President of the International Division of Crocker National Bank and Vice President, Metropolitan Banking, at Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Pascarella holds a master's of science degree in management from the Stanford Sloan Program at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Buffalo.
TOM PATTERSON, MADRONE CAPITAL PARTNERS
Tom is a General Partner at Madrone Capital Partners, an investment firm based in Menlo Park, CA that was formed in 2005. Prior to joining Madrone, he was at Weston Presidio, a private equity firm focused on growth equity and leveraged buyout transactions, from 1995 until 2004. While at Weston Presidio, he was involved in a diverse range of businesses, including JetBlue Airways, MapQuest, InsulAir, and Jane Cosmetics. Prior to Weston Presidio, he worked for four years at McKinsey & Company and focused on the financial services and building materials industries.
Tom earned an A.B. with honors from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dave Strohm, Greylock Partners
Dave Strohm joined Greylock in Boston in 1980; at the time Greylock was one of the longest-established American venture firms, founded in 1965. In 1983, Strohm moved to California and opened the Greylock office in Silicon Valley, which has since become the firm’s largest operating unit.
With over 25 years of venture investing, Dave’s primary areas of focus have been on enterprise technology (especially enterprise software), and electronic design. He has been an early/ founding investor in more than 30 companies. Among these, 10 have become publicly-traded, including Mentor Graphics, Ascend Communications, Legato, Forte Software, Doubleclick, and Internet Security Systems. He has also been an early/founding investor in more than 20 companies which have resulted in successful mergers, including ccMail (Lotus/IBM); Kiva (Netscape/Sun); Octane Software (ePiphany); Net Effect (AskJeeves); Decru (Network Appliance); and Wily (Computer Associates).
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School.
Dave Tomlinson, President and COO, Progreso Financiero
Dave Tomlinson is a seasoned general manager with over 20 years of experience working for leading financial services companies. Most recently, Dave was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Providian Financial/Washington Mutual Card Services where he was responsible for over $6 billion in revenue production on a $28 billion credit card portfolio. Dave was a key member of the team which turned around the Providian card business by significantly improving credit quality, expanding the product line, diversifying marketing channel capabilities, and building out a world class analytic team.
Prior to Providian, Dave had a series of CMO and general management positions at well-known financial institutions such as JP Morgan Chase and PNC Bank. Dave spent the first nine years of his career at American Express.
Dave holds a BA from Dartmouth College.
Raul Vazquez, CEO, Progreso Financiero
Raul Vazquez was executive vice president of Global eCommerce for Walmart's developed markets, responsible for defining multi-channel strategies and delivering financial results. Raul served in several leadership roles during his tenure at Walmart including executive vice president and president of Walmart's west geographic business unit, and president and CEO of Walmart.com. Before joining Walmart in 2002, Raul worked at startup companies within the ecommerce industry. Prior to that time, he spent several years at a boutique consulting firm that specializes in competitive strategy for Fortune 100 firms, and as an industrial engineer at Baxter Healthcare. Raul is a graduate of the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, and also received bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial engineering from Stanford University.