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Deborah Goldstein

Executive Vice President

Debbie Goldstein provides day-to-day leadership at CRL, focusing on strategic planning, overseeing CRL's budget and fundraising, and board relations.

Based in Durham, she also contributes to CRL's legal and policy work, with a particular focus on mortgages and homeownership, student loans and general consumer law. In 2002, Debbie assisted local organizations and lawmakers in drafting and advocating for legislative remedies to address exorbitant fees on subprime mortgages in New Jersey and played a critical role in negotiating the New Jersey Home Ownership Security Act. She also advised the sponsors of the Massachusetts Predatory Home Loan Practices Act of 2004, and worked with lead organizations in the state of Massachusetts to support enactment of the legislation. More recently, Debbie taught Consumer Law at the UNC School of Law at Chapel Hill as an adjunct professor.

She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, and enjoys spending time with her two children when she is not at work.


April 25, 2018
At bankers’ conference, Mick Mulvaney signaled that the CFPB would prevent public access to the Consumer Complaint Database – a critical tool for spotting patterns of financial abuse. WASHINGTON,...
April 25, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A New York Times story has reported that Mick Mulvaney, the unlawful Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the current Director of Office and...
April 24, 2018 | By David Lazarus | The Los Angeles Times
Debbie Goldstein, executive vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending, told me such practices have been an open secret in the auto industry for many years. "People just aren't treated...
April 20, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a $1 billion fine against Wells Fargo, ordered the bank to...