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Rafael Alvarez

Founder and National Board Member ,
Genesys Works

National BOD

Rafael Alvarez started Genesys Works in 2002 and took it from a simple idea to a leading national social enterprise that is changing the trajectory of life for thousands of students each year. During his 16 years as CEO, Rafael oversaw the growth and expansion of the Genesys Works organization and retired as CEO in 2019. He currently serves on the National Genesys Works board.

For his work as a leading social entrepreneur, Rafael was inducted into the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship in 2006 and in 2011 and was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s Top 30 social entrepreneurs.

Rafael also teaches social entrepreneurship at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business where he inspires MBA students to become change-makers.

Prior to starting Genesys Works, Rafael worked for Compaq Computer Corporation (now HP) for 11 years in diverse management roles including engineering program management, corporate strategy and market intelligence. Rafael is an engaging public speaker who has motivated audiences around the country in diverse topics such as social entrepreneurship, nonprofit earned income models, changing organizational behaviors and more.

Rafael obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Houston.