Alvarez is vice president for Data Security and IT at Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. Previously, Alvarez was CIO at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for 13 years. In that position, Alvarez served the computational needs of scientists carrying out $1B worth of energy research. The portfolio included business systems, high-performance computing, cybersecurity, and networking. In 2010, Alvarez was appointed as the senior IT advisor to the Secretary of Energy, and in this role, provided policy development and risk analysis advice for cybersecurity and IT for a $20 billion department. Alvarez was also appointed in 2013 by the governor of California and controller to chair the State of California Task Force on Re-engineering IT Procurement for its $4.5B portfolio. Previously, Alvarez was associate chancellor for IT at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst overseeing the computational services for 30,000 users. Alvarez also was faculty in the business schools at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts and published in leading academic journals.