2019 Speakers

Nat Hoopes

Executive Director

Marketplace Lending Association

Nathaniel Hoopes is the Executive Director of the Marketplace Lending Association. He has grown the MLA membership from three initial founding members to 30 leading companies in the digital lending and investing ecosystem.  He came to the MLA after serving as Vice President and then Executive Director at the Financial Services Forum in Washington D.C., where he worked on public policy issues affecting the nation’s largest financial firms. Hoopes has spent a dozen years working at the intersection of financial services and public policy, including five years on Capitol Hill, where he served as Legislative Director for Senator Scott P. Brown (R-MA), helping lead the bipartisan negotiations of major amendments to the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Hoopes also worked to develop the legislation to expand opportunities for small businesses and innovative startups through equity crowdfunding as part of the Jumpstart-our-Business-Start-Ups (JOBS) Act.  Prior to joining Senator Brown, he worked as a policy advisor to Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-D CT). Hoopes’ prior experience includes two years as a private equity investment analyst at Trilantic Capital Partners, where he focused on growth investments and middle market leveraged buyouts in the industrials, insurance, and consumer products sectors.  Hoopes holds a BA from Princeton University (2003) and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University (2006).

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