Mr. Calhoun is President of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by promoting access to fair terms of credit for low-wealth families. CRL has conducted or commissioned landmark studies on the impact of predatory lending laws, worked with states on legislative issues, and pressed for regulatory changes governing mortgage and payday lending. Mr. Calhoun has testified on the federal level in both the U.S House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He also currently serves as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.
CRL is an affiliate of the Center for Community Self-Help, a nonprofit community development lender, for which Mr. Calhoun has served as General Counsel. He also previously managed Self-Help’s home loan secondary market and real estate development programs. Self-Help’s mission is to create ownership and economic opportunity for women, rural residents and minority and low-wealth families through home mortgage and small business financing. It has provided over $5 billion in financing to more than 60,000 home buyers across the nation, with a loss rate of less than 0.5%.
Mr. Calhoun has specialized in consumer law for more than twenty five years. He has made presentations on predatory lending issues to many organizations, including the FDIC and the National Association of Attorneys General. He holds a B.A. in economics with honors from Duke University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina.