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

ASIS Certified Global Security and Assessment Professionals

Joseph Robinson

Michael Soppelsa

Mark C. Hall

Jeffrey W. Estep

Steve Howard

W. Douglas Fitzgerald

Certified Cyber Security Professionals

Ty Nelson

Professional Bio

Ty Nelson is an accomplished Security Executive in the field of Cybersecurity. Mr. Nelson’s expertise spans numerous Cybersecurity disciplines – Risk Management, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Vulnerability Assessments,Intrusion Prevention/Detection (IPS/IDS) Data-Loss Prevention (DLP), Cloud-Security, Identity/Access Management, User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) Phishing-Awareness, Disaster Recovery, OS Patch Management, Endpoint Protection/Encryption, (PHI/ePHI/PII), and Payment Card Industry attestation (PCI-DSS).

Mr. Nelson holds a BSc in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a MSc. in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland Baltimore County respectively. Mr. Nelson was also nominated to participate in the FBI’s Annual Citizen’s Academy . He holds a Certificate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Mr. Nelson is a Subject Matter Expert in Technical Risk Assessments and Implementing Security Architecture.

Certified Active Shooter Response Professionals