Patrick Ottenhoff is a Director of U.S. Government Engagement at Visa Inc., where he covers an array of technology and innovation issues, including cybersecurity, fraud/risk, privacy, digital identity, and digital currencies.
His responsibilities include advancing Visa’s legislative, regulatory, and public policy priorities, and engaging with key stakeholder groups in government and the private sector.
Before joining Visa in 2019, Patrick was with The Cypress Group (now called Mindset) for seven years where he served as Director of Financial Services and Technology. In that role, he provided an array of advocacy and advisory services for several large banks, tech and telecom firms, fintech and crypto firms, a global payments network, an operator of global exchanges, and financial services trade associations. Patrick also led the firm’s Strategic Planning practice, where he worked with executives at clients experiencing pivotal events, such as legislative crises, M&A events, or changes in leadership, to craft government relations strategies that align with corporate priorities.
Prior to that, Patrick also worked for UBS, PayPal, Bloomberg Government (BGov), and New Media Strategies (now part of Accenture), and started his career at National Journal and The Hotline. In these roles, he worked on a variety of consulting projects that took him from Silicon Valley to Dubai.
Patrick holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and a B.A. in Political Science from Union College in Schenectady, NY. He resides his in his hometown of Washington, DC, with his wife, Lauren, and their son.