About River Financial

Based in San Francisco, River Financial is a client-first financial institution dedicated to providing financial products and services that enable our clients to harness the transformative possibilities of Bitcoin.

The Monetary Renaissance

As the economy is transformed by Bitcoin, River Financial products and services are at the forefront of that evolution. We have made a commitment to building financial solutions that power a radically more fair, transparent, and efficient global economy made possible by Bitcoin. While Bitcoin continues to redefine our global financial system, we are committed to guiding each client towards a secure, autonomous financial future.

A Financial Institution Built for All Time

The trust of our clients is our greatest asset. We recognize that consumers deserve industry-leading technology, client service, education, and security. Every facet of our business is engineered to protect our clients investments for the long-term. Our self-hosted infrastructure and military-grade security remains unreplicated, and we strive to continue to elevate the industry standard of security.

Our Executive Team

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Alex Leishman

Founder, CEO, & CTO

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About Alex Leishman

Alexander Leishman is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer at River Financial. Mr. Leishman brings his deep expertise in software engineering, information security, and Bitcoin to River where he oversees investor relations, corporate strategy, and engineering. Prior to co-founding River Financial, Alexander most recently served on the investment and engineering teams at Polychain Capital and Polychain Labs focusing on Bitcoin-related venture investments. Mr. Leishman has previously served as an engineer at Airbnb's security team, a management consultant for Deloitte, and first got deeply involved in the Bitcoin industry as an early engineer at Maicoin, Taiwan's largest digital asset exchange. Mr. Leishman holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master's in Computer Science from Stanford University where he helped teach the first Bitcoin class under Professor Dan Boneh.

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Julia Duzon

Chief Operating Officer

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About Julia Duzon

Julia Duzon is the Chief Operating Officer at River Financial. Ms. Duzon brings her extensive experience in product strategy and business operations in banking to River, where she oversees business development, operations, marketing, and sales. Prior to joining River, Julia served as the Senior Director of Sales, Strategy, and Business Operations at First Republic Bank. Previously, Julia served as a Strategy and Operations Consultant at Deloitte, where she worked with U.S. banking clients on engagements related to bank strategy, operations, and risk management. Ms. Duzon holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Duke University.

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Bill Mongan

General Counsel

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About Bill Mongan

Bill Mongan is the General Counsel at River Financial. In this role, Mr. Mongan is responsible for evaluating new product strategy and managing River’s day-to-day legal matters. Prior to joining River, Bill was a member of the litigation group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he represented financial services clients in complex disputes. Mr. Mongan holds an A.B. in English from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Alexandra Gaiser

Director of Regulatory Affairs

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About Alexandra Gaiser

Alexandra Harrison Gaiser is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at River Financial. In this role, Mrs. Gaiser assists in new product strategy and interfaces with regulators. Prior to joining River, Alexandra was at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, first in the General Counsel’s office and then as Executive Secretary, where she worked directly with Secretary Mnuchin and other members of senior staff. She previously practiced law in Akin Gump’s D.C. office. Ms. Gaiser holds a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College and a J.D. from the University of Texas. She clerked for then-Justice Allison Eid on the Colorado Supreme Court and for Judge Jennifer Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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Laura Christiansen, CPA

Director of Accounting

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About Laura Christiansen, CPA

Laura Christiansen is the Director of Accounting at River Financial, where she oversees accounting and financial reporting. Prior to joining River, Laura served as a Senior Manager at PwC where she led cross-functional teams providing audit and assurance services to clients in FinTech and Financial Services in the US, Canada, and Europe. Laura is a licensed Chartered Public Accountant in the state of California, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's Smith School of Business.

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Ellen Weaver

Director of People

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About Ellen Weaver

Ellen Weaver is the Director of People at River Financial, where she oversees people operations, hospitality, and IT functions. Ms. Weaver earned her degree in Business and Hospitality from Glion Institute of Higher Education, in Montreux, Switzerland. She focuses her hospitality training into building the best possible workspaces and culture here at River. Prior to joining River, Ellen worked in business operations for Strada Investment Group, where she led cross-functional teams providing operations and hospitality support.

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Louie Liang

Director of Compliance

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About Louie Liang

Louie Liang is the Director of Compliance at River Financial. In this capacity, Mr. Liang oversees River's BSA/AML Compliance, Client Onboarding, Payments Risk, and RiskOps program. Prior to joining River, Louie served on the Financial Services Compliance and RiskOps teams of JP Morgan, Simple FinTech, and most recently Walmart. Mr. Liang holds a B.A. from John Jay and a M.S.L.S. from Cornell Law School.

Our Mission

We believe that Bitcoin is the greatest monetary evolution in the history of the world, poised to shift the economic paradigm forever. The River Financial team is committed to empowering this transformation and bringing Bitcoin to investors around the world, by focusing on providing industry-leading security, robust financial services, and a world-class client experience to individuals and institutions looking to invest in Bitcoin for the long-term.

Working at River

River Financial is led by the brightest minds in a rapidly growing industry, and has a fast-paced work environment moved by the desire to create innovative financial products that empower our clients.

Join our rapidly growing team of rockstar software engineers, detail-obsessed product managers, and client-first operators.

Careers at River
The River Financial team at work.


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