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Rebecca Borné

Senior Policy Counsel

Rebecca Borné serves as senior policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending, which she joined in 2008.

Rebecca advocates for federal protections against predatory practices that exploit the financially vulnerable, particularly in the areas of payday loans, high-cost installment loans, and depository overdraft practices. Rebecca engages with federal regulators and legislative offices, authoring comment letters to inform policy proposals, providing input on draft legislation, and occasionally testifying before Congress. She has authored a number of research and policy reports and has served as a contributing author for the National Consumer Law Center’s Consumer Banking and Payments Law manual. She also serves on the board of Capital for Change, a Connecticut-based CDFI.

Rebecca received degrees from Louisiana State University and Yale Law School. Prior to law school, she worked for six years as a CPA, auditing a range of companies for a global accounting firm. Rebecca worked in CRL's DC office before relocating to New Haven, CT, where she now resides.

Research & Policy

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



January 11, 2021 | By Chris Arnold | NPR
"Payday lenders not only disproportionately harm people of color, they target communities of color," says Rebecca Borné, a lawyer with the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending. "So the agency is...
January 5, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With just days left in President Trump’s Administration, a federal government agency has been moving forward with a proposal that could essentially force banks to finance payday...
December 15, 2020
Makes it easier for lenders to exploit more financially vulnerable families WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) approved a new final rule to facilitate...
June 25, 2020
Call on Congress to Pass Federal 36% Interest Rate Cap Limit Washington, D.C. – Consumer advocates Center for Responsible Lending, National Consumer Law Center, and Americans for Financial Reform...