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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.


November 10, 2017
Advisory for Monday, Nov. 13 to Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 Negotiated rule making process will include various education and consumer advocates from across the country. WASHINGTON, D.C. – On...
August 17, 2017
Gainful Employment Rule Should Focus on Students, Not Institutions WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it would loosen regulatory standards affecting for-...
July 7, 2017 | By Marisa Sanfilippo | GoodCall
Ashley Harrington, counsel for the center, says DeVos and the department haven’t been advocates for students. "These Attorneys General are setting an example of what it means to stand up for...
July 6, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Attorneys General from 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, filed a lawsuit against Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education over the department’s...