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Diane Standaert

EVP; Director of State Policy

Diane directs CRL's state-level policy agenda to advance responsible lending policy and practices across all of CRL's issues. She also oversees CRLs work on issues of small dollar lending. Based in Durham, Diane works directly with stakeholders and policy makers at the state and federal levels in their efforts to understand the impact of and to prevent abusive financial practices. She brings policy expertise on issues such as payday, car title, installment lending, mortgages, foreclosure prevention, abusive debt collection, and other issues. Diane also brings experience building bipartisan coalitions of diverse stakeholders to advocate successfully for reforms of abusive lending practices. She has authored and contributed to several articles and research projects related to the impact of predatory lending practices and the role of states in addressing them.

Diane's previous experience includes the Florida Housing Finance Corporation and the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights. She is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a JD degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. In her spare time, Diane is very active in a wide range of community organizations.

Research & Policy

Our in-depth research of financial practices is intended to guide policymakers and opinion leaders working to improve the state of lending.



May 8, 2018
Only 12% of Marylanders think that U.S. Department of Education is doing a good job overseeing student loan servicers. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released a...
April 20, 2018 | By Alexia Fernández Campbell | Vox
“Mick Mulvaney is letting predatory payday lenders off the hook while they rip off American consumers,” Diane Standaert, executive vice president for the consumer watchdog group, said in a statement...
April 4, 2018 | By Joanne Merrigan | WSAV3 News
"I think it's important for people to know if they are being contacted or harassed by debt collectors that they have rights," said Diane Standaert. "People shouldn't be ashamed of dealing with the...
March 23, 2018
Trump’s Pick at Consumer Bureau Will Not Pursue Abusive Payday Loan Debt Collector, Might Do Same for Three Other Payday Lending Companies WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reuters published a report, "...