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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.

Research & Policy

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



April 11, 2019 | By Suman Bhattacharyya | Digiday
Two years since its launch in the U.S., Amazon Cash, Amazon’s reloadable prepaid card, faces adoption hurdles. The payment method initially rolled out as a feature to help unbanked or underbanked...
April 8, 2019 | By Kevin Wack | American Banker
In the waning days of the Obama administration, Deutsche Bank made a series of unusually frank admissions in a U.S. court filing. The German bank acknowledged that during the housing boom it made...
March 6, 2019 | By Michelle Davis | Bloomberg
Aberdeen, Washington, is a far Northwest outpost of JPMorgan Chase & Co., with one lonely branch perched near the Pacific, 2,900 miles from Wall Street. Now the bank is planning to depart the...
February 25, 2019 | By CLAIRE WILLIAMS | Morning Consult
The payday lending lobby has largely stayed under the radar in previous election cycles as other hot-button issues like Wall Street regulation and tax policy took up voters’ attention. But with Sens...