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Scott Astrada

Federal Advocacy Director

Scott B. Astrada is the Director of Federal Advocacy. Located in the Washington D.C. office, Scott directs and manages federal legislative and regulatory advocacy in coordination with CRL senior leadership to advance CRL policy goals. While at CRL Scott has testified before both U.S. House and Senate Committees on fintech policy, payday lending regulation, consumer financial protection law and policy, and retirement security. Scott has provided commentary for national media outlets, NPR and local radio stations, as well as conducted on-camera breaking news interviews. Scott also is an adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Prior to his role at CRL, Scott worked as an economic policy advisor for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center under former Minority Leader Harry Reid and previous Chairman Chuck Schumer. Prior to the Senate, Scott was an attorney in the Obama Administration at the White House Office of Management and Budget, Office of General Counsel. Before joining OMB, Scott was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow, completing his fellowship on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, and then at the National Council of La Raza.

Scott received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his JD and MBA from Marquette University, and his LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center. Scott lives with his wife in Virginia, and in his free time enjoys golf, tango, traveling, and hiking with his dog Reo.

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January 25, 2019 | By WBEZ Chicago NPR
CRL's Scott Astrada discusses how the financial stress of the government shutdown may lead furloughed federal employees to take out high-cost predatory loans to try to make ends meet.
January 23, 2019 | By Ben Eisen | Wall Street Journal
Ms. Hering’s case highlights how a flavor of mortgage once panned for its role in the housing meltdown a decade ago is making a comeback. These loans, aimed at buyers with unusual circumstances such...
January 16, 2019 | By SARAH MIN | CBS News
Taken a trip to the emergency room lately? Moved across country for a new job? If you're like millions of Americans, the unexpected medical costs or security deposit for your new pad blew a hole in...
January 10, 2019 | By Emily Stewart | Vox
This week, the estimated 800,000 government employees affected by the partial government shutdown are about to start missing their paychecks, and lenders are stepping in with...