Raul Vazquez is the CEO of Oportun, a technology-powered Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a mission of providing inclusive, affordable financial services that empower people to build a better future. Based in Silicon Valley, Oportun serves individuals who other lenders consider "unscoreable” and has made over 2.9 million loans totaling over $6.4 billion across 12 states. Oportun’s customers have saved an estimated $1.4 billion in interest and fees compared to the alternatives that are typically available to them.
Raul joined Oportun in 2012 after having held various senior leadership roles at Walmart, including EVP and President of Walmart West, President and CEO of Walmart.com, and EVP of Global eCommerce for developed markets.
He is a board member of the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) and also serves on the Board of Directors of Intuit. Raul has previously served as a board member for Staples, as a member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Community Advisory Board, and is the immediate past of Chair of the Federal Reserve Board’s Community Advisory Council.
Mr. Vazquez was recently named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 National Award winner in the Financial Services category. Under his leadership, Oportun was named by Time Magazine as a Genius Company in 2018 and recognized as one of 50 businesses inventing the future.
Mr. Vazquez is a graduate of Stanford University with BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering and earned an MBA at the Wharton School of Business.
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