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Aracely Panameño

Director of Latino Affairs

Aracely Panameño works on financial services issues impacting the financial security and well-being of Latinos and other communities of color. Since 2004, Aracely has helped formulate policy recommendations, foster stakeholder coalitions, and educate decision makers. Her expertise in financial services is in mortgages, auto, payday lending, and student loans. Located in the DC office, Aracely also authors Enfoque, a quarterly Spanish-language newsletter focusing on issues impacting Latinos in financial markets. She serves as an advisor and is a member of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development's Experts of Color Network/Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative.

Prior to joining CRL, Aracely worked in Latina women's health, migrant workers, education, and immigration issues.

Research & Policy

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


September 13, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, national civil rights, housing policy, and consumer protection groups released a letter sent to Congressional leadership and committee chairs calling for inclusion of...
September 7, 2021
Más de 6 millones de familias permanecen en riesgo de perder sus hogares por incumplir los pagos de su hipoteca o alquiler, y aunque la gran parte de los afectados aseguran que han tratado de...
September 3, 2021
“If the data that you're putting in is based on historical discrimination,” said Aracely Panameño, director of Latino affairs for the Center for Responsible...
September 1, 2021
House Committee on Small Business Hears Testimony on Faulty Forgiveness Rules for the Paycheck Protection Program WASHINGTON, D.C. – Experts in small business lending today told a House committee...