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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.
October 3, 2017


July 14, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Provisions of the Fair Housing Act which fight our nation’s legacy of government-sponsored residential segregation and discrimination could again be enforced if a proposed federal...
March 16, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate, in a bipartisan vote, confirmed Isabel Guzman to head the Small Business Administration (SBA). Ms. Guzman previously led California’s Office of the Small...
July 22, 2019 | By KNSO (TEL) - Fresno, CA
Araceli Panameño, Center for Responsible Lending "vaya a la página de internet de la comisión federal de comercio, busque ahí la información acerca de este acuerdo,...
May 24, 2018 | By Aracely Panameño | Univision Noticias
El presidente Donald Trump, empoderado por el voto de 234 representantes de la Cámara Baja del Congreso estadounidense, firmó esta semana una ley federal que alienta la discriminación racial en el...