When LendingClub, Prosper and Funding Circle founded the Marketplace Lending Association (MLA) back in 2016 they knew they needed an ambitious and hard-working executive director to grow the organization. This was a total startup association and it had to scale to include a broad cross section of the industry if it was to be effective.
They chose Nat Hoopes, who was then executive director of the Financial Services Forum, to take the helm and he grabbed the bull by the horns. Keep in mind this was back in the summer of 2016 during the most tumultuous time in the industry’s history. He grew the association from its initial three members to 37 members today including nearly every major lending platform in the industry. Believe me, that was no easy task [Full disclosure: LendIt Fintech has been an active supporter and associate member of MLA since 2017].
Today, it was announced that Nat will be leaving the MLA to pursue a new position at Upstart as VP and Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs. He is handing the reins to Trish Horowitz, who has been his indispensable co-worker and COO for the past two years. But no offense to Trish, who has done a fantastic job, this will leave a big hole in the work of the association.
I can understand the timing of the decision. The MLA has had some big wins recently and has checked off many of the goals it had. Here are some of the recent highlights: [Read more…]