Biography: As a former Executive Vice President of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), Debbie Goldstein worked to combat predatory lending practices for almost twenty years. After graduating from law school, she joined Self-Help, where she helped develop the initial proposal for CRL, an organization that seeks to ensure access to fair and affordable credit and meaningful consumer protections, especially for marginalized communities. In her time at CRL, Goldstein investigated predatory lending practices and was crucial in the negotiation and drafting of predatory lending reforms in states such as New Jersey and Massachusetts. She has also written extensively about predatory lending practices, including prepayment penalties and the subprime mortgage market in general, as well as strategies for ameliorating the impact of the global financial crisis. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Duke University’s North Carolina Leadership Forum, which brings together civic, business, and political leaders to discuss critical state issues. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.