Graciela Aponte-Diaz

Graciela Aponte-Diaz is the director of federal campaigns at the Center for Responsible Lending,  where she works to secure state support for federal policy initiatives. Aponte-Diaz has testified before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services regarding mortgage market reform, predatory lending and FHA reform. 

Previously, she was a communications and policy analyst for the CRL California office. In 2015, Aponte-Diaz served on the Executive Staff of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, CRL’s sister organization. She worked on the development of a small dollar loan designed to help low-income immigrants apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Before that, Aponte-Diaz was a senior legislative analyst at the National Council of La Raza. According to her work bio, she “helped successfully restore federal funds for housing counseling, fought for improvements to President Obama’s foreclosure prevention program, … and fought for a strong financial reform bill which resulted in the creation of a new federal agency tasked with protecting consumers.” Aponte-Diaz has also worked as a bilingual housing counselor at Housing Initiative Partnership in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Aponte’s work and expertise has appeared on NBC Latino, Radiobilingue and Hispanic Link News Service. She received her bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.


Director for Federal Campaigns for Center for Responsible Lending

Areas of Expertise: Access to Homeownership, Foreclosures, Racial Wealth Gap, Payday Lending, Housing Counseling, Consumer Protections

Location: Washington D.C.

Contact Information:

Phone: (301) 351-7715


Heard testifying at the American Mortgage System Review, airing on C-SPAN 

Last updated February 2021.