Julio Avalos




ALUM_40Under40_Logo-white-01.pngJulio Avalos

BA ‘03  |  Madrid, Spain

Former Chief Business, Strategy and Operations Officer
Law, Technology


The Wall Street Journal noted in 2018 that Julio "was present at the founding of the internet as we know it" and "helped shape the social phase of the digital era." Acclaimed as a tech attorney, business executive and innovative thinker, Julio most recently served as chief business and strategy officer and general counsel for GitHub, a global company that provides Fit repository hosting for software development. Julio oversaw GitHub’s business operations from its early Series A financing to its acquisition by Microsoft in 2019 for $7.5 billion.

Previously, Julio represented or helped build Facebook, Yelp, Apple and LinkedIn. He represented Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg in the legal case that became the subject of the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network,” in addition to litigation in Facebook's early years.

An expert on social and digital issues, Julio’s accolades include Legal Innovator of the Year (The Recorder, 2014), Top In-house Technology Attorney in the U.S. (GC Magazine, 2015) and Top 100 Latino Leaders (HITEC, 2019).

The son of immigrants from Guatemala, Julio’s leadership approach is rooted in his experiences as a first-generation American, yogi, humanist and family man. His theoretical work has been published in American Imago, a journal of psychoanalysis published by Johns Hopkins University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from UF in 2003 and his law degree from Columbia University in 2006.