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Jan 14, 2019

PJ Hoffman is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Electronic Transactions Associations (ETA), a trade association composed of over 500 organizations from the FinTech space, such as PayPal, Square, and Amazon.

  • Raised in Downers Grove, Illinois
  • B.S. in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University
  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law
  • First job in politics: interned for Sen. Dick Durbin during college.  Drove 1.5 hours each way to the office, 3 times a week.
  • Extensive campaign experience for former Sen. Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Sen. Bill Nelson, and Senator Joe Donnelly.
  • Worked in advocacy and regulatory affairs for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU)

“If I am going to make a move, it is going to be taking a chance to work for the best.” - PJ Hoffman

Hoffman’s position at the Electronic Transactions Association includes wearing both a state government and federal affairs hat. Hoffman oversees the State regulatory affairs campaigns in all 50 states and U.S. territories. This includes providing education to policymakers about the industry and providing the industry members with on the ground information. The members of the ETA lead the market of financial technology, used daily by almost everyone in the U.S.  

There is no formal internship program offered by ETA but according to PJ - “If you are in D.C. and want to grab a cup of coffee, reach out. I will give you your 5 minutes and for sure help you in any way I can.”

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