About Us

StudentDebtCrisis.org is a non-profit organization (501c4) dedicated to fundamentally reforming the way in which higher education is paid for in America.  The nation’s future success is wholly dependent upon a citizenry with the critical thinking skills necessary for innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity. Central to our mission is a belief that a well-educated citizenry is essential to our success as a nation in the global, 21st Century economy. Student Debt Crisis has taken on growing student loan debt with individual efforts that include petitions, spreading awareness through outreach, and providing a platform for borrowers to find relief. Using a personal approach that emphasizes compassion for America’s student loan borrowers, Student Debt Crisis has gained a large membership base that has proven its eagerness to engage in education reform. On top of this work, the organization is an ally member of the Higher Ed Not Debt campaign and has worked in cooperation with HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher to ensure student loan debt is a national issue.It is Student Debt Crisis’ core belief that, in order to unleash the full potential of our  skills, we can no longer burden students with the ever-increasing costs of an education. It is crucial to make clear that an affordable education benefits society in general, not just the students receiving them.

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NATALIA Natalia Abrams is the Executive Director of Student Debt Crisis (SDC) where she advocates for student loan debt reform, and the creation of lending solutions for all borrowers and students pursuing affordable and accessible higher education. Abrams is also a participant in the 2016 Wells Fargo Executive Director’s Leadership Institute for nonprofit organizational sustainability.

Through her work with SDC Abrams has appeared on CNBC, Fox News, NBC, “CBS Sunday Morning,” and numerous other television outlets. Her writings have appeared in The Nation and The Huffington Post. Abrams has often been cited as a subject matter expert discussing the economic injustices facing students and borrowers in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Politico, Reuters, the AP, and elsewhere.

Abrams has a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Gender Studies, and has served with the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), first as a student intern, and then as VP of the UCLA chapter.

Please contact Natalia Abrams at natalia@studentdebtcrisis.org

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 CODY Cody Hounanian is the Digital Director of Student Debt Crisis (SDC) where he has tackled such issues as for-profit colleges, student loan refinancing and consumer protection policies. Hounanian maintains the organization’s social media presence and online engagement, speaking to and on behalf of those struggling with excessive student loan debt.

Hounanian has written about the need for fair educational loan policies for The Nation and  Blue Nation Review. He has also spoken about the impact of rising student loan debt with NBC, the Los Angeles Times, Fusion, and the International Business Times. His contributions have allowed SDC to grow its powerful digital presence and online advocacy.  Hounanian’s leadership and digital expertise led to the success of SDC’s social media campaign, “Without Student Debt”, in partnership with Michael Moore.

As a student at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2012, Hounanian worked with Congresswoman Lois Capps’ (D-CA 24) successful re-election campaign, mobilizing student voters in record numbers. Hounanian received his B.A. from UCSB in Political Science, International Relations.

Follow him on twitter @chounanian