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Policy R&D



Plaid Technologies



Washington, DC, US


At Plaid, our mission is to empower innovators by delivering access to the financial system. Since 2012 we've helped tens of millions of consumers live a better financial life and over a thousand customers build a new financial future. Our customers range from startups like  Stripe, Coinbase and Square to Fortune 500 enterprises like American Express and PayPal. Founded in 2012, Plaid has raised $300M of capital from major venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz, Index, Spark and NEA, as well as global financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs and Citi. But we’re just getting started.
The United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and India all are in different stages of implementing “open banking” mandates for consumer financial data.  The Policy team works with government policymakers, consumer groups, trade associations, and think tanks to nourish the policy ecosystem that allows consumers to use their financial data to get the products and services they want.  The issues are complicated, evolving quickly, and touch on a variety of topics from security to privacy to data use. 
This role requires a critical thinker and strong writer who can quickly digest challenging topics and unpack them into concepts that can be easily understood. It will entail in-depth research of different laws, regulations, policies, and consumer and business preferences and writing persuasive advocacy pieces that serve as the foundational literature of consumer financial data access.  It requires someone who is technically inclined, who can translate “tech talk” and “business concepts” into “policy wonk”, and visa versa This person should be able to identify policy developments or opportunities that directly relate to Plaid’s business.

What excites you

    • Research, including legislation, regulation, policy papers, and consumer surveys and behavioral data
    • Getting up to speed quickly across all aspects of our product and clients -- including technical depth
    • Writing and communication; including whitepapers, op-eds, issue briefs, and survey and data analysis.
    • Cross-functional collaboration and ownership, including working with nearly every team at Plaid

What excites us

    • 6+ years experience; a plus for folks with policy and/or tech experience
    • Strong “wonk” drive to master the facts and the issues
    • Analytical horsepower and ability to get up to speed quickly
    • Passion for making the promise of fintech--from access to credit to financial empowerment--a reality
    • Technical and product affinity
    • Ideal candidate is positive, collaborative, organized, and eager to be persistent to achieve objectives
    • This role is based in Washington DC, with approximately 10% travel required. Exceptional candidates interested in San Francisco or New York will be considered.

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