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Hilary Halpern
Vice President of Government Relations
Polaris Consulting, LLC

Hilary Halpern is a Vice President of Government Relations at Polaris Consulting. Prior to Polaris, Hilary was an Associate with the Cypress Group where she provided policy analysis and insight on a range of financial services issues including consumer finance, housing and mortgage finance, and FinTech and blockchain policy. She also helped develop Cypress’ strategic consulting practice.

Hilary earned her MBA at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, where she worked as a graduate research assistant with the Center for Financial Market Policy and co-authored several papers published by the World Economic Forum on the subject of FinTech Regulation and SME Financing. Her work has been presented at the Global SME Finance Forum in Beijing, China and at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion’s annual meeting in Bali, Indonesia, where she was also a keynote speaker.

Before business school, Hilary worked for Senator Michael Rounds of South Dakota, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Hilary is a native Washingtonian and earned her BA in Art History from Lehigh University. She is also a nationally certified barbecue judge and a certified spinning instructor.

Email: hhalpern@polariswdc.com