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Graciela Aponte-Diaz

Interim Vice President & Director of Federal Campaigns

Graciela Aponte-Diaz is the director of federal campaigns, based in Washington, DC, where she works to secure state support for federal policy initiatives.

Graciela first joined CRL in 2012, where she pioneered some of the most successful strategies in engaging the voices of payday borrowers in advocacy for stronger protections at the state and federal level. In 2015, Graciela served on the Executive Staff of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, CRL’s sister organization. She worked on the development of a small dollar loan designed to help low-income immigrants apply for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

Before joining CRL, Graciela was the senior legislative analyst for the Wealth-Building Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). While at NCLR, she helped successfully restore federal funds for housing counseling; fought for improvements to President Obama’s foreclosure prevention program; testified before Congress on housing policy; and fought for a strong financial reform bill which resulted in the creation of a new federal agency tasked with protecting consumers.

Graciela began her career working directly with community members as a housing counselor and as a community liaison to a Congressional Representative in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Graciela received her bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.


December 16, 2016 | By J.D. Morris The Press Democrat
The study also found that, among ZIP codes with six or more payday lending stores, the share of black and Latino residents exceeded their share of the overall state population. Graciela Aponte-Diaz,...
December 9, 2016
Targeting Borrowers of Color Only Widens the Racial Wealth Gap The California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) published a new research report this week that shows payday loan stores in the...
October 25, 2016 | By Don Thompson | LegalNews
Graciela Aponte-Diaz, director of California Policy for the Center for Responsible Lending, said the attorney general’s investigation is needed. “Californians deserve to know in full detail the...
October 14, 2016 | By Dan Heyman | Gilmer Free Press
Graciela Aponte-Diaz, a policy director for the Center for Responsible Lending, says low-income families, who may not have a bank account, often use prepaid cards. But the cards can come with hidden...