About Us


President & Founder Marianne Alvarez


Marianne Alvarez founded Bay Area Risk after gaining much experience in the Public Safety Sector of Law Enforcement as well as in the Private Security Sector. Marianne was one of the original co-founders of the ALICE Training Institute, the leading national Active Shooter Training company. At ALICE, she served as the National Director of Training as well as the Director of Risk Management.  As Director of Risk, Marianne developed the Assessment Program as well as Automated Assessment tools for client self-assessment. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors for ALICE Training Institute. 

Marianne retired with the rank of Captain from the San Jose State University Police Department in San Jose, California, after 20 years of service, where she was responsible for Internal Affairs, Investigations, Active Shooter Threat Mitigation and Training programs, Federal Clery Act Compliance, property and evidence, Public Affairs, security assessments, communications, personnel and training. She also served as a Terrorism Liaison Officer and was awarded the Medal of Valor for saving a life during a structural fire. 

Marianne holds a California POST Management Certificate, a BA in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina University and an MS in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University. She attended the National Counter Terrorism Academy and has completed the Harvard Management Development Program. Marianne is a member of ASIS as well as ILEETA.

Certified Assessors and Trainers Ready to work with you

Globally Certified Assessment Professionals

Joseph Robinson

Michael Soppelsa

Mark C. Hall

Jeffrey W. Estep

Steve Howard

W. Douglas Fitzgerald

Department of Homeland Security Certified Professionals

Brian Howell

Melanie Farrell

Michael Fagel

Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Professionals

Mike Kimball

Bret Bandick

Steve Dudak