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Andrew Kushner

Policy Counsel

Andrew Kushner is a policy counsel on CRL’s state policy team. Working out of the Oakland office, he advises allies and lawmakers in California and other states about ending abusive lending practices at the state level.

Prior to joining CRL, Andrew was an associate at a public interest law firm in San Francisco, where he represented unions, workers, non-profit groups, and cities on a variety of issues related to economic justice. Before that, Andrew clerked for the Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, of the Supreme Court of California, and for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Andrew is a graduate of Pomona College and Stanford Law School. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his bike and hiking with his wife and dog.

Research & Policy

Our in-depth research of financial practices is intended to guide policymakers and opinion leaders working to improve the state of lending.


June 5, 2023 | By Grace Gedye | Cal Matters
These apps make money in a variety of ways, including subscription fees, fees to speed the arrival of your money and tips. “They’re basically just making payday loans,” said Andrew Kushner, policy...
May 25, 2023 | By Aaron Glantz and Monica Campbell | The Los Angeles Times
“People are struggling,” said Andrew Kushner, senior policy counsel for the Center for Responsible Lending, an advocacy group. “If you get money this week, that’s less money to pay your expenses next...
May 18, 2023 | By Evan Weinberger | Bloomberg
The advocacy groups largely support the proposed regulations. But the proposal is still “too loose to sufficiently rein in abusive fintech lending and permits very expensive loans that closely...
May 17, 2023
Proposed rule would require lenders to comply with California law, but triple-digit interest rates could remain OAKLAND, CA – Consumer advocates praised the California Department of Financial...