Our leadership team

We are committed to helping people of all economic backgrounds find opportunity. Many of us have experienced difficulty in making ends meet at some point in our lives, so we make sure our customers know that we’re here to support them when they need a helping hand.

Leadership team

Board of Directors

Carl Pascarella

Carl has served as a member of Oportun’s board since 2010. He brings expertise from his role as an executive advisor at TPG Capital, a leading global private equity firm. Carl retired in 2005 from Visa, where he served as president and chief executive officer for 12 years after holding multiple leadership positions. He also worked as vice president of the international division of Crocker National Bank and vice president of metropolitan banking at Bankers Trust.

David Strohm

Dave has served on Oportun’s board since 2007. He has been a partner at venture capital firm Greylock Partners since 2001 and has been affiliated with Greylock since 1980. Dave also currently serves as a director of several private companies and previously as a director of DoubleClick, Internet Security Systems, SuccessFactors, EMC, and VMware. Dave received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jo Ann Barefoot

Jo Ann has served on Oportun’s board since 2016. She is the founder and CEO of Barefoot Innovation Group and serves as advisor to private consumer finance companies and fintech startups. She currently serves as chair of the board of the Center for Financial Services Innovation and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, and formerly served on the Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Jo Ann previously served as Deputy Comptroller of the Currency and has held leadership roles at Treliant Risk Advisors, KPMG, and the National Association of Realtors, as well as serving on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Jo Ann was a senior fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at Harvard University.

Louis P. Miramontes

Louis has served as a member of Oportun’s board since 2014. He is a financial executive and certified public accountant in the state of California. He previously worked as a senior partner at KPMG, managing partner of its San Francisco office, and senior partner of its Latin American region. Louis was also an audit partner providing services to public and private companies with expertise in SEC compliance and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. He currently serves on the board of directors of Lithia Motors and Rite Aid. Louis received a BS in business administration from California State University, East Bay.

R. Neil Williams

Neil has served on Oportun’s board since 2017. He previously was executive vice president and chief financial officer at Intuit and held similar executive positions at Visa. Neil also served a dual role as chief financial officer for Inovant, Visa’s global IT organization. He is an independent director of RingCentral and Amyris, has held numerous senior financial positions at commercial banks, and is a certified public accountant. He received his BA in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Raul Vazquez

Chief Executive Officer

Raul has served as Oportun’s chief executive officer and board member since 2012. His past experience includes leadership roles at Walmart and Walmart.com, including three years as CEO of Walmart.com, and at high-growth startups. Raul currently serves on the boards of Intuit and the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, and he formerly served as a director of Staples. He was also a member of the Community Advisory Board at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and chaired the Federal Reserve Board’s Community Advisory Council. He holds a BS and MS in industrial engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was named EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year in financial services.

The Honorable Aida M. Alvarez

Aida has served on Oportun’s board since 2011. She also serves on the board of directors at HP, K12, and Zoosk. Aida is the former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and served in President Clinton’s Cabinet. She was the founding director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight and worked extensively in public finance. She previously served on the board of directors of Walmart, PacifiCare Health Systems, Union Bank, and UnionBanCal. Aida was elected to serve her alma mater on the Harvard Board of Overseers. She holds honorary degrees from four other universities.