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
About Alex Leishman
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.
About David Caseria
David Caseria is the Chief Technology Officer at River Financial. Mr. Caseria brings his deep expertise in software engineering, product development, and Bitcoin to River, where he oversees infrastructure engineering and product engineering. Prior to joining River Financial, David most recently served as a senior software engineer at Gemini. Mr. Caseria has previously served as an engineer at Coinbase, M1 Finance, and CSG International. Mr. Caseria holds a degree in Computational Mathematics from Marquette University.
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.
About Julie Trias
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 software engineer at Airbnb’s security team and site reliability team, 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.
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.
About Devon Armistead
Devon Armistead is the Director of Product at River Financial. Mr. Armistead brings his deep expertise in product management, data science, and Bitcoin to River, where he oversees product development. Prior to joining River Financial, Devon most recently served as a product manager at Coinbase. Mr. Armistead has previously served in data science and ops roles at Coinbase, and previously as a controls engineer.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
About Andrew Benson
Andrew Benson is one of the Co-Founders of River Financial. Prior to co-founding River, 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. 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.
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.