Nathaniel (Nat) Hoopes was appointed as the new Marketplace Lending Association’s (MLA) first Executive Director in 2016 and heads the association’s office in Washington, D.C. Prior to the MLA, Nat served as Executive Director of the Financial Services Forum in Washington D.C., where he worked on key policy issues affecting the nation’s largest financial firms. He has spent more than a decade working in financial services and public policy, and played a key policy role on Capitol Hill in the wake of the financial crisis, including in the development and bipartisan negotiation of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Hoopes also worked on developing legislation to expand opportunities for small businesses and startups through equity crowdfunding as part of the Jumpstart-our-Business-Start-Ups (JOBS) Act. As interest in marketplace lending continues to grow and different lending models emerge, Hoopes is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the association, as well as communicating with the public and policy makers to educate them about marketplace lending.