Nat Hoopes is the new Executive Director of the Marketplace Lending Association. Hoopes joined the MLA after serving as Executive Director at the Financial Services Forum in Washington D.C., where he worked on 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. Hoopes' prior experience includes two years as a private equity investor where he focused on middle market buyouts.