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Whitney Barkley-Denney

Senior Policy Counsel

Whitney Barkley-Denney is legislative policy counsel, based in Durham, NC, where she works with state legislatures, attorneys general, and governors to fight predatory lending, exploitative student loan practices, and unscrupulous debt collectors.

Prior to CRL, Whitney worked on a range of election law issues as director of the Michigan Election Law Project and field director for Election Protection 2008, coordinating law students and attorneys to monitor polls for election irregularities during the 2008 presidential campaign. Whitney clerked for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, serving in the Voter Protection Division, working to enforce the 1964 Voting Rights Act. She accepted a fellowship from Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps to do foreclosure assistance work with the Mississippi Center for Justice, developing legal and policy expertise in foreclosure, consumer lending, and for-profit colleges. In 2013 and 2014, Whitney was appointed to the US Department of Education's Federal Rulemaking Committee on Gainful Employment and Programmatic Integrity, helping to set federal financial policy for students.

Whitney attended The College of Charleston, in Charleston (SC), and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, being named 2009 Woman Law Student of the Year by the National Women Lawyers Association. When she's not at work, Whitney enjoys theater.


June 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced its decision to rollback important rules that protect students from the abusive practices of predatory for-profit institutions—the...
May 23, 2017
The Department of Education Budget Cuts Funds from Better Alternatives to Predatory For-Profits and Eliminates Aids to Debt Reduction WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (...
May 22, 2017
New Rules Will Create a Monopoly for a Single Servicer and Eliminate Requirements for Several Important Services WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) expressed...
April 20, 2017 | By Marina Villeneuve
The non-partisan Center for Responsible Lending says the debt burden falls on low-income, female and minority students who disproportionately enroll at Maine for-profit schools. About 75 percent of...