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Alicia Dagosta

Alicia Dagosta

Women's Leadership Council

Alicia Dagosta

V.P., Asst. General Counsel, Head of Regulatory Legal
Oportun, Inc.

I've been with Oportun for 4 years, leading a growing Regulatory Legal team as the business expands products and states. My team and I advise on everything consumer facing, from product development, marketing, credit policy, origination, servicing and collecting on secured and unsecured loans and credit cards.

Prior to Oportun, I was at Chase for 16 years, where I worked in Chase Auto Finance, advising on the origination of direct and indirect auto loans. Early in my career, I worked at several large firms, specializing in commercial real estate and low income housing tax credit projects.

My Areas of Expertise: i.e. strategy, marketing, team building, executive management? Creative solutions within the bounds of the law; partnering with the business to build financial solutions for the customer

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
AI/Machine learning

What three keywords best describe you?
Outgoing, motivated, kind

Personal Motto:
Life is too short; enjoy what you do every day and the people you do it with!

What are you passionate about?
Building a team that LOVES their jobs and connecting with people

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I'm a Nebraska native that moved to Arizona 22 years ago.

Who has been a role model for you?
I had a General Counsel in my career whose team was very loyal to him and each other; I admire that and strive to do the same.

What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of my family - my husband, who I have been with for 33 years and our son, as well as the close relationship I have with my extended family.

MENTORING:
a. What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Commitment to the time and relationship, true listening on both sides and providing perspective.

b. What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Don't sweat the small stuff and don't worry about what others think - treat them as you would want to be treated, trust your gut and it will all work out.

c. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career? While knowing the law is important, don't forget the practical solution - it's important to understand the details but then look at the big picture before giving advice.