July 27 Luncheon: Student Debt and the American Dream

Student Debt and the American Dream

Please join us for lunch on July 27, 2017 for a conversation with Roosevelt Visiting Fellow Rohit Chopra and Washington Post‘s Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, on how student debt is shaping the economic and political identity of young Americans.

Since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, student debt in America has more than doubled to $1.4 trillion, raising questions about its impact on the economy, racial and gender wealth gaps, and the American Dream more broadly.

In this lunch conversation, Chopra, one of America’s most outspoken critics of the current student loan system, will discuss the latest market trends and policy developments with Douglas-Gabriel.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Lunch available at 12:30 PM
Discussion begins promptly at 1:00 PM
Concluding at 2:00 PM (Including Q&A)

Roosevelt Institute
570 Lexington Avenue, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10022

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Rohit Chopra is a visiting fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He previously served as Assistant Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (2010-2015), where he led the consumer agency’s work on student lending issues. He was also appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury as the agency’s first student loan ombudsman, a new role established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act.

During his tenure, the agency led enforcement actions that secured hundreds of millions of dollars of relief for student loan borrowers and published groundbreaking research on troubles in the student loan market. He later served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of Education. He holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Screen_Shot_2017-07-06_at_2.19.19_PM.pngDanielle Douglas-Gabriel covers the economics of education at the Washington Post, writing about the financial lives of students from when they take out student debt through their experiences in the job market. Before that, she wrote about the banking industry for the national economy desk. Prior to joining the Post in 2010, Danielle was the managing editor of Real Estate Forum, a commercial real estate trade magazine. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Donald Reynolds Journalism Institute and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.