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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.


July 19, 2018 | By Joseph Lawler | Washington Examiner
“Kathy Kraninger’s nomination is just a political play for Mick Mulvaney to cement his anti-consumer agenda at the CFPB,” said Debbie Goldstein, executive vice president at the Center for Responsible...
July 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kathy Kraninger, the current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Associate Director and President Donald Trump’s nominee for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...
July 12, 2018 | By Maria LaMagna | MarketWatch
“Payday lenders and their allies in Congress have consistently tried to weaken CFPB’s authority for meritless and political reasons,” said Debbie Goldstein, the executive vice president of the Center...
July 11, 2018 | By Emily Stewart | Vox
Debbie Goldstein, vice president of advocacy group the Center for Responsible Lending, warned in a statement that the dismantling of the CFPB could result in a return to the predatory financial...