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Gary Kalman is the executive director of the FACT Coalition in Washington, DC. Prior to joining FACT, Gary was the executive vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), where he oversaw CRL’s federal policy and legislative work across all of their issues, including mortgage and homeownership, small-dollar loans, and other forms of predatory lending.
Prior to CRL, Gary directed the federal legislative office for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). While at U.S. PIRG, he was a leading voice for congressional ethics and lobbying reform having sat on a special bipartisan task force convened by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He was a founding member and executive committee member of Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of more than 200 organizations, which, in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, led the successful fight for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform bill. He was also a founding member of the FACT Coalition. He has served as a political consultant and taught advocacy and development at LaSalle University’s Nonprofit Center and at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Gary is the recipient of a New Executives Fund Award from the Open Society Institute. He has testified before Congress on several occasions on tax and budget issues and he and his work have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News, MSNBC and elsewhere.