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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.



February 6, 2019 | By Jake Johnson | Common Dreams
In what progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups decried as the Trump administration's latest "shameful" attack on vulnerable families, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unveiled a...
February 6, 2019 | By ANA B. NIETO | La Opinion
La Oficina de Protección al Consumidor Financiero (CFPB) ha propuesto eliminar la obligatoriedad de que los prestamistas verifiquen la capacidad de un cliente para devolver un crédito de tipo payday...
February 6, 2019 | By Kelly Anne Smith | Bankrate
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it plans to roll back its Payday Lending Rule aimed at protecting consumers from the high-interest short-term loans. The proposed changes would be...
February 6, 2019 | By Bess Levin | Vanity Fair
In 2016, Donald Trump slithered into the White House by pitching himself as the guy who would save the working class. That pitch, obviously, turned to be a classic Trump scam, given...