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Michael Calhoun


Mike Calhoun is president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), the policy affiliate of Self-Help, the nation's largest community development lender. He considers himself "fortunate to work with an extraordinarily talented staff and a dedicated coalition of organizations fighting to provide economic opportunity and advancement for low- and moderate-income families and families of color."

For more than 30 years, Mike has been on the front lines of working for economic justice. At CRL, he provides management and policy leadership. Based in DC, he often testifies in Congress and appears frequently in national media as an expert on financial issues. Prior to joining CRL in 2001, Mike led several lending divisions at Self-Help, providing responsible consumer loans, mortgages and small business loans, and heading an innovative program to provide national capital for affordable home loans. He has represented families to secure civil rights and consumer protections, including working for ten years as a legal aid attorney. He is a former member and chair of the Federal Reserve Consumer Advisory Committee.

Mike received his BA degree in economics from Duke University, and his JD degree from the University of North Carolina. When he is not advocating on behalf of fair lending and civil rights, Mikes loves time with family, gardening, sailing and playing basketball.


June 22, 2017
Joint Statement by:Michael Calhoun, President, Center for Responsible Lending Lindsay Daniels, Manager, Wealth-Building Initiative, Economic Policy Project, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)...
May 31, 2017 | By Joe Light | Bloomberg Politics
The proposal “would hurt rural and working families across the country,” said Michael Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending. He said Stegman’s proposal in effect abandons the...
May 24, 2017
WASHINGTON – Consumer and civil rights groups released the following statements today following oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in PHH Corporation vs. CFPB. The...
April 11, 2017 | By Thomas Lee | The San Francisco Chronicle
For Wells Fargo to truly fix itself, it needs to step up oversight of all of its businesses, said Michael Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending in Washington. “The test for...