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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.



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...
May 29, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumer advocates slammed the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for its final rule issued today that encourages online non-bank lenders to launder their loans...
May 20, 2020
Around a decade ago, banks’ “deposit advance” products put borrowers in an average of 19 loans per year at more than 200% annual interest Important FDIC consumer protections repealed WASHINGTON...
March 27, 2020 | By Megan Leonhardt | CNBC
“Lenders who charge extremely high rates don’t have a lot of incentive to care whether customers succeed on their loans or not because they make so much money on interest, they can lose the principal...