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Whitney Barkley-Denney

Senior Policy Counsel

Whitney Barkley-Denney is legislative policy counsel, based in Durham, NC, where she works with state legislatures, attorneys general, and governors to fight predatory lending, exploitative student loan practices, and unscrupulous debt collectors.

Prior to CRL, Whitney worked on a range of election law issues as director of the Michigan Election Law Project and field director for Election Protection 2008, coordinating law students and attorneys to monitor polls for election irregularities during the 2008 presidential campaign. Whitney clerked for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, serving in the Voter Protection Division, working to enforce the 1964 Voting Rights Act. She accepted a fellowship from Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps to do foreclosure assistance work with the Mississippi Center for Justice, developing legal and policy expertise in foreclosure, consumer lending, and for-profit colleges. In 2013 and 2014, Whitney was appointed to the US Department of Education's Federal Rulemaking Committee on Gainful Employment and Programmatic Integrity, helping to set federal financial policy for students.

Whitney attended The College of Charleston, in Charleston (SC), and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, being named 2009 Woman Law Student of the Year by the National Women Lawyers Association. When she's not at work, Whitney enjoys theater.


June 7, 2018
Numbers Confirm Abysmal Outcomes While Focus Groups Reveal the Human Impact of Bad Federal Education Policy; State Action Crucial DURHAM, N.C. – A new Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) research...
May 9, 2018 | By Ken Sweet | Associated Press
"Education alone cannot stop predatory behaviors on the part of for-profit schools and servicers, nor can it help hundreds of thousands of Americans in serious debt because of these practices," said...
May 9, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mick Mulvaney, the unlawful Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), announced today that he is closing the Bureau’s Office of Students and folding it...
May 8, 2018
Only 12% of Marylanders think that U.S. Department of Education is doing a good job overseeing student loan servicers. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released a...