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Nikitra Bailey

Executive Vice President

Nikitra Bailey oversees CRL's coalition building and constituent relations. Based in the Durham office, Nikitra is the lead strategist for partnerships that span civil rights, faith, women, labor, and community advocates across CRL's branches in California, North Carolina, and Washington, DC. Nikitra also leads CRL's access to mortgage credit advocacy to ensure that low-wealth families and people of color are fairly served by our nation's housing finance system. She has also provided technical assistance to local municipalities, state legislators, and federal policy makers on abusive lending practices ranging from small dollar loan abuses to preventing foreclosures.

Nikitra has played a key role in many of CRL's legislative and regulatory victories, including the enactment of the historic Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which resulted in the creation of a federal agency with a sole mission of consumer protection. Nikitra also serves on the board of directors of the NC Community Development Initiative, has served as a housing policy communications fellow with The Opportunity Agenda, and is a life member of the NAACP.

Nikitra holds a BA degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a JD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Nikitra is an avid reader with a particular interest in biographies; she and her husband are the proud parents of two children.


July 6, 2018 | By Jonelle Marte | The Chicago Tribune
"We haven't made any progress in homeownership since the passage of the Fair Housing Act in 1968," said Nikitra Bailey, an executive vice president with the Center for Responsible Lending, a...
June 29, 2018 | By Charlene Crowell | Center for Responsible Lending
“Fifty years ago, Congress empowered HUD to dismantle legalized discrimination in housing to create opportunity for all as where you live is a factor in so many of life’s outcomes, including...
June 21, 2018 | By Phil Hall | National Mortgage Professional Magazine
“A decade ago, excessive Wall Street greed and predatory lending led to a tsunami of unnecessary foreclosures that took away the homes of millions of hardworking families," said Nikitra Bailey, ...
June 21, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Office of Management and Budget released a report entitled, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations.” This...