Julio Avalos is one of the leading business executives and attorneys of the information age. He has been lauded by the Wall Street Journal for being 'present at the founding of the internet era as we know it' and for 'help[ing] to shape the social phase of the digital era.' Equally acclaimed as one of the leading attorneys, business executives and thinkers of the time, Julio most recently served as both Chief Business, Strategy & Operations Officer and General Counsel for GitHub, Inc., the world's most important 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 through its formative years, including in the case that became the subject of the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network."
Julio joined GitHub in 2012 at the time of the company's Series A. In the time before its acquisition by Microsoft in 2018, Julio oversaw the company's business operations, including its marketing, branding, communications, finance, policy, HR, and diversity and inclusion efforts, in addition to defining and scaling its mission, values, company 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 Business Executives (HITEC 2019). Julio's approach is rooted in his experience as a first-generation American, yogi, intellectual, and writer. His philosophical and theoretical work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including American Imago, founded by Sigmund Freud and published by Johns Hopkins University.