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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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November 19, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending, Americans for Financial Reform, and other leading national labor, civil rights, consumer advocacy, fair housing, and legal services...
October 11, 2018 | By Kate Berry | American Banker
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's decision to stop examining financial firms for compliance with the Military Lending Act has sparked pushback not only from lawmakers and consumer advocates...
October 5, 2018
Payday Loan Sharks are Allied with New Leadership at the CFPB in Trying to Stop Consumer Safeguards WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection...
September 28, 2018 | By Jon Hill | Law 360
Uncertainty around the legal and regulatory status of loans made through bank partnerships with financial technology firms is an obstacle to innovation and greater credit availability and should be...