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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.


October 13, 2016 | By Ricardo Quinto | Center for Responsible Lending
Consumer groups are praising the new rules on prepaid credit cards just released by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The regulation goes into effect next fall and will make...
October 11, 2016
The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) lauded California members of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, California State Legislature, city...
September 29, 2016
New Law Helps Prevent Unnecessary Foreclosures Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) applauded California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. for signing into law SB 1150, the Homeowner...
August 11, 2016 | By Graciela Aponte-Diaz | The San Fernando Valley Sun
In 2016, recent reports of job growth are encouraging to learn. Yet these and other economic measures have yet to lessen the economic anxiety faced by so many California families. Struggles to make...