Our Stories: Alvaro Bedoya, Co-Founder

Alvaro Bedoya photoAlvaro Bedoya, Co-Founder, started Esperanza in 2009 alongside Andy Felton and Alice Wang, who he met through the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Born in Peru and raised in
upstate New York, Alvaro was able to attend college and law school only through the generosity of financial aid programs and outside scholarships.

He is the founding executive director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, where he advocates for greater protections against surveillance and commercial tracking and teaches a joint course with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to that, he was chief counsel to Senator Al Franken and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, and still has the loans to show for it.

Many years ago, Alvaro may or may not have pet a rabid kitten and had to get rabies shots.

I think that every child, regardless of where they’re from or what their papers say, has the right to a good education.