Meet our leadership team
Our board of directors
We’re proud that so many talented professionals have chosen Oportun as their workplace—and even prouder of all they accomplish. Together, our team members bring a wealth of expertise to shaping Oportun’s financial services, from personal loans and credit cards to savings, investment, and money management products.
We’re not alone in our appreciation. Several publications have recently profiled the team members listed below.
When Oportun needed a Vice President of People and Culture, it turned to Lionel Riley, whose proven leadership abilities have benefited organizations from Walmart to the National Guard. In his position at Oportun he embraces the opportunity to advocate for people of all backgrounds and build a supportive, welcoming business culture. A recent article in Profile Magazine tells Lionel’s story.
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel Marta Palacios gained invaluable legal and strategic experience working first in the nonprofit sector, then at prestigious private law firms. Joining Oportun has allowed her to exercise her passion for giving back to the community through lending and banking practices that promote economic inclusion. Hispanic Executive honored Marta as one of its 2022 Legal Changemakers.
In his role as Senior Director of Public Affairs, veteran policymaker Orson Aguilar advocates to help people of all colors and economic circumstances achieve their goals. His collaborative skills and service ethic are a perfect fit for Oportun’s values of inclusion and equality. In an interview with Hispanic Executive, Orson talks about access, empowerment, and opportunity for all.
Our CEO, Raul Vazquez, operates with a servant style of leadership that sets the tone for our corporate culture and day-to-day operations. Under his guidance, Oportun has revitalized its technology and streamlined its loans, credit cards, and savings, and money management services. Raul is known for his hands-on approach, dedication to excellence, and willingness to listen. Hispanic Executive profiled him in January of 2020.
Stacy Newton excels at integrating values with behavior. Connection, collaboration, and team spirit inform her work as Chief People Officer for Oportun—a role that has become even more crucial during the Covid pandemic. Her innovations have helped foster a deep sense of community and enabled our people to thrive while working remotely. Profile Magazine interviewed Stacy to learn more.
Aileen Chou’s entire career has been guided by her desire to make a difference in the communities she serves, whether in Europe, Asia, or the United States. As Senior Director and Corporate Counsel at Oportun, she has been instrumental in helping the company reach major milestones including our IPO and first strategic acquisition. Aileen’s story is featured in Modern Counsel.
Alejandra Velazquez, Senior Director of Public Affairs, embodies Oportun’s corporate values of inclusion and equality through her outreach work with nonprofits and health care providers. She is known for her coalition-building skills, and sees her job as a way to support those who are too often excluded from the American Dream. Learn more about Alejandra in her profile at Hispanic Executive.
George Gonzalez, our Communications Director, has built his work life around serving others. A former Obama administration official, he now devotes his talents to Oportun’s mission of providing affordable financial services for all. George recently talked to Hispanic Executive about his bicultural upbringing, his reasons for coming to Oportun, and his focus on making the world a better place.
Like so many of our executives, Gonzalo Palacio is passionate about making a positive contribution through his work. Prior to leading our marketing organization, Gonzalo led the development and launch of Oportun’s credit card business, calling on skills honed in banking services and the values instilled in him by his extended family in Colombia. Gonzalo has been featured in Hispanic Executive.
General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer Joan Aristei lives her commitment to inclusion and diversity every day on the job. Drawing on a deep background in corporate compliance and regulatory issues, she assembled Oportun’s best-in-class bilingual legal team from the ground up—a team composed primarily of women. An article in Modern Counsel highlights her achievements and philosophy.