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Michael Calhoun


Mike Calhoun is president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), the policy affiliate of Self-Help, the nation's largest community development lender. He considers himself "fortunate to work with an extraordinarily talented staff and a dedicated coalition of organizations fighting to provide economic opportunity and advancement for low- and moderate-income families and families of color."

For more than 30 years, Mike has been on the front lines of working for economic justice. At CRL, he provides management and policy leadership. Based in DC, he often testifies in Congress and appears frequently in national media as an expert on financial issues. Prior to joining CRL in 2001, Mike led several lending divisions at Self-Help, providing responsible consumer loans, mortgages and small business loans, and heading an innovative program to provide national capital for affordable home loans. He has represented families to secure civil rights and consumer protections, including working for ten years as a legal aid attorney. He is a former member and chair of the Federal Reserve Consumer Advisory Committee.

Mike received his BA degree in economics from Duke University, and his JD degree from the University of North Carolina. When he is not advocating on behalf of fair lending and civil rights, Mikes loves time with family, gardening, sailing and playing basketball.


November 18, 2017 | By Gary Rivlin | The Intercept
Even without Cordray at the helm, the problem that confronts Hunt and his frenemies running other financial industry trade associations is that the CFPB is simply too popular to eliminate. A ...
November 15, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Center for Responsible Lending President Mike Calhoun released the following statement today on Richard Cordray’s decision to step down as Director of the Consumer Financial...
October 12, 2017 | By Drew Petrimoulx |
“These are exploding loans that are really causing a lot of damage,” Michael Calhoun of the Center for Responsible Lending. Michael Calhoun with the Center for Responsible lending says the loans...
October 6, 2017 | By Tiffany Hsu | The New York Times
Mike Calhoun, the president of the Center for Responsible Lending, said he was skeptical of claims that regulations stifle the economy, pointing to high profits and substantial share buybacks by...