Manny Alvarez is a nationally recognized fintech and banking executive and strategic advisor with diverse experience across public and private sectors. Throughout his career, he has built new functions and harmonized innovative technologies with orthodox laws and regulations, whether in newly-established regulatory agencies or hyper-growth companies. Manny founded BridgeCounsel Strategies LLC in 2021 on the belief that responsible tech innovation can help promote equity.
Before founding BridgeCounsel, Manny served as California’s chief banking and financial regulator, first as Commissioner of the Department of Business Oversight (DBO) and then as the first senate-confirmed Commissioner of the Department of Financial Protection & Innovation (DFPI), which broadly regulates the state’s banking and financial-services industry.
From 2014 to 2019, Manny served as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Affirm, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFRM), a financial-technology platform providing online point-of-sale consumer financing solutions.
Manny earned his JD from UC Hastings College of the Law and holds a BA, cum laude, from Cornell University. He lives with his wife and two sons in Sacramento where he pedals up and down the American River Bike Trail and golfs poorly.