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

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Alexander Leishman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive 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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Andrew Benson

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Benson is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at River Financial. In this role, Mr. Benson brings his expertise in management, information security, and risk management to River where he oversees operational scalability, regulatory strategy, banking relations, and capital markets. Prior to co-founding River Financial, Andrew was most recently a partner at a cyber security consulting firm specializing in cyber program strategy for high-risk industries such as healthcare and financial services. He brings with him over 9 years of experience running a software development firm which specialized in building enterprise applications for financial institutions and insurance companies. Mr. Benson has completed graduate course work at Stanford University in Cyber Security and International Security and holds a degree in Management Information Systems from The Ohio State University.

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Bill Mongan

General Counsel

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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Julie Trias

Chief Information Security Officer

Julie Trias is the Chief Information Security Officer at River Financial. Ms. Trias brings her deep understanding and experience in software engineering, information security, site reliability, and in building highly secure and scalable infrastructure. Prior to joining River, Julie most recently served as a lead full-stack engineer at Salesforce’s security team, a staff software engineer at Airbnb’s security team and site reliability team, a technical operations engineer at Ripple, and a linux systems engineer at the Wikimedia Foundation. Ms. Trias holds a degree in Computer Engineering from San Francisco State University and has previously served in the United States Army as a broadcast engineer.

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Jonathan Wilkins

Chief Security Officer

Jonathan Wilkins is the Chief Security Officer at River Financial. Mr. Wilkins brings 18 years of experience in the information security industry to River where he oversees security strategy, infrastructure, and DevOps. Prior to joining the River team, Jonathan most recently co-founded and served as the former Chief Security Officer of Blockstream, the global leader in blockchain technology. Mr. Wilkins has previously served at dozens of Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, MySpace, and Yelp to secure their systems. Mr. Wilkins also released the first password cracker for Windows NT while working on first generation network vulnerability scanners.

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Maria Okeke

Director of Finance

Maria Okeke is the Director of Finance at River Financial where she oversees internal accounting, financial controls, and financing strategy. Ms. Okeke is a licensed CPA with accounting experience in the financial services space. Prior to joining River, Maria served as an Assistant Vice President at Grosvenor Capital Management, a fund complex with over $500 million in assets under management. Previously, Maria served as a Senior Audit Associate at Ernst & Young where she performed financial statement audits for hedge funds, private equity funds, and investment advisors. Ms. Okeke holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame.

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Alexandra Gaiser

Director of Regulatory Affairs

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 the Executive Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she worked directly with Secretary Mnuchin and led a diverse team responsible for the coordination, preparation, review, and analysis of all regulations, official correspondence, and interagency coordination to and from the Secretary. Mrs. Gaiser holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College and a J.D. from the University of Texas.

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Advisors

Elizabeth Stark

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Lightning Labs

Elizabeth Stark is an advisor to River Financial. Ms. Stark currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder of Lighting Labs.

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Steve Lee

Product Manager, Square Crypto

Steve Lee is an advisor to River Financial. Mr. Lee currently serves as the Product Manager at Square Crypto, were he leads open-source Bitcoin initiatives.

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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.

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