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Ashley Harrington

Federal Advocacy Director

Ashley Harrington is the Federal Advocacy Director and a Senior Counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). Ashley’s portfolio includes general consumer lending issues, with a particular focus on student debt and small business. Ashley recently returned to CRL from a brief project at UNCF (the United Negro College Fund). At UNCF, Ashley served as the director of the National Social Justice Program and was a member of the Public Policy and Government Affairs team. In that role, Ashley led new policy and programmatic efforts to address systemic issues that perpetuate racial and economic inequality. The program’s initial focus was criminal justice reform, especially as it intersects with higher education. In addition to spearheading this program, Ashley worked on student debt issues.

Before UNCF, Ashley served as CRL’s special assistant to the president and policy counsel. She assumed a lead role in federal advocacy efforts and was a primary negotiator for the Department of Education’s 2017 – 2018 Borrower Defense to Repayment Rulemaking Committee. Ashley previously worked in the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo as special assistant to the chief diversity officer, focusing on supplier diversity in government contracting and state workforce diversity.

Originally from Greensboro, NC, Ashley received her B.A. in Public Policy Analysis from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar. After UNC, Ashley earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law. At NYU, Ashley was a Derrick Bell Public Service Scholar and an Articles Editor of the NYU Law Review. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Vanderbilt Medal for outstanding service to the law school community. Ashley is admitted to practice law in New York.


September 17, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) unveiled a resolution urging President Donald Trump to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student debt through...
September 10, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators voted down the Senate Majority Leader’s narrow COVID-19 bill, which was introduced earlier this week. As written, the bill fails to provide substantive relief for...
August 11, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump Administration issued four executive orders Saturday related to the COVID-19 pandemic that fail to recognize and adequately address the magnitude of the ongoing crisis...
July 28, 2020
WASHINGTON D.C. – Last night, the U.S. Senate unveiled a $1 trillion rescue package called the HEALS Act in response to the ongoing public health and economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19...