Julio Avalos "was present at the founding of the internet as we know it" and "helped shape the social phase of the digital era." (WSJ, May 2018) Equally acclaimed as one of the leading attorneys, business executives, and thinkers of the time, Julio most recently served as both Chief Business & Strategy Officer and General Counsel for GitHub, Inc., the world's most popular software development platform. Julio was also a member of GitHub's Board of Directors.
Previously, Julio represented or helped build some of the world's most important technology companies, including Yelp, Apple, and LinkedIn. He represented Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg in the case that became the subject of the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network,” in addition to litigation in Facebook's early years.
Julio joined GitHub in 2012 at the time of the company's Series A. Until its acquisition by Microsoft in 2018, Julio oversaw the company's business operations, including its marketing, branding, communications, finance, policy, and diversity and inclusion efforts, in addition to defining and scaling its mission, values, product strategy, and global community.
A trenchant speaker on contemporary social and digital issues, Julio has been interviewed by CNBC, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has been named legal innovator of the year (The Recorder, 2014), the top in-house technology attorney in the United States (GC Magazine, 2015), as well as one of the country’s top 100 Latino Leaders (HITEC 2019). His approach is rooted in his history as a first-generation American, yogi, intellectual, and progressive. His philosophical and theoretical work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including American Imago, founded by Freud and published by Johns Hopkins University.