Nathaniel Hoopes is the Vice President and Head of Government Affairs at Upstart. A leading voice on financial innovation, Nat is cited frequently on public policy issues, ranging from alternative data and AI in credit underwriting, fintech-bank partnerships and innovative bank charter initiatives. Previously, he built the fintech lending industry’s first trade association as Executive Director of the Marketplace Lending Association (now the American Fintech Council). He previously served as Vice President and then an Executive Director at the Financial Services Forum, and before that, spent five years in leadership positions on Capitol Hill. While serving in the U.S. Senate, Nat helped lead successful bipartisan negotiations of amendments to the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the 2012 Jumpstart-our-Business-Start-Ups (JOBS) Act. Hoopes’ launched his career as a private equity investment analyst at Trilantic Capital Partners, where he focused on growth investments and middle market leveraged buyouts in the financial services, and consumer sectors. Hoopes holds a BA from Princeton University and an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.