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Zoosk Adds New Board Member Aida Álvarez

Zoosk, a leading technology-driven online dating company, today announced that Aida Álvarez, former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, has joined Zoosk’s Board of Directors.

In her new role, Álvarez will provide strategic counsel for Zoosk’s business model and advise on the continued development of Zoosk’s online and mobile dating platforms.

“We are delighted to have Aida join Zoosk’s board of directors, bringing a wealth of business and finance expertise to the company,” said Shayan Zadeh, co-founder & CEO of Zoosk.

With more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance strategy, Álvarez was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 1997-2001, where she was the first Hispanic woman to serve as an executive officer in the U.S., informs Zoosk.

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Previously, Álvarez served as founding director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, where she was responsible for leading financial oversight of the agency.

Currently, Álvarez sits on the Board of Directors for Wal-Mart, Union Bank and Progress Financial Corporation.

“I am thrilled to join the Zoosk board and work with this exceptional team of innovators,” said Álvarez (pictured above).

In addition to Álvarez, Zoosk’s board of directors consists of David Cowan, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners; Jeff Epstein, Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners; Jeff Jordan, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz; Deepak Kamra, General Partner at Canaan Partners; Shayan Zadeh, Co-founder and CEO at Zoosk; and Alex Mehr, Co-founder and President at Zoosk.

Available in over 80 countries and translated into 25 languages, Zoosk is a global online dating platform.

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