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Nikitra Bailey

Executive Vice President

Nikitra Bailey oversees CRL's coalition building and constituent relations. Based in the Durham office, Nikitra is the lead strategist for partnerships that span civil rights, faith, women, labor, and community advocates across CRL's branches in California, North Carolina, and Washington, DC. Nikitra also leads CRL's access to mortgage credit advocacy to ensure that low-wealth families and people of color are fairly served by our nation's housing finance system. She has also provided technical assistance to local municipalities, state legislators, and federal policy makers on abusive lending practices ranging from small dollar loan abuses to preventing foreclosures.

Nikitra has played a key role in many of CRL's legislative and regulatory victories, including the enactment of the historic Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which resulted in the creation of a federal agency with a sole mission of consumer protection. Nikitra also serves on the board of directors of the NC Community Development Initiative, has served as a housing policy communications fellow with The Opportunity Agenda, and is a life member of the NAACP.

Nikitra holds a BA degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a JD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Nikitra is an avid reader with a particular interest in biographies; she and her husband are the proud parents of two children.


April 4, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate confirmed Mark Calabria as the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) –the federal regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – led by...
April 2, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services held a full committee hearing entitled, “The Fair Housing Act: Reviewing Efforts to Eliminate Discrimination and Promote...
January 25, 2019 | By Charles Davidson | Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
American residential neighborhoods remain highly segregated by race, and that is no accident. In fact, it is a result of "a state-sponsored system of segregation" set in motion by New Deal federal...
December 14, 2018 | By Nikitra Bailey | American Banker
A recent op-ed by Cato Institute policy analyst Diego Zuluaga suggested that lawmakers should eliminate the Community Reinvestment Act, claiming this law is inefficient and other safeguards...