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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nat1 Natalia Abrams – Executive Director is an education advocate working toward solutions that provide affordable, accessible and quality education for all students seeking a college degree. In 2012, she formed StudentDebtCrisis.org in response to the economic injustices facing students including high tuition increases and lack of financial aid. While serving as SDC’s Executive Director, Abrams has written for the Hufington Post and The Nation. She has appeared on CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS Sunday Morning, Al Jazeera English, Huf Post Live, Blue Nation Review and NBC News Sacramento. Natalia is a frequent speaker on the topic of student loan debt and has been quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NBC News, Hufington Post, The Nation, NPR, Politico, Reuters, AP, amongst various other media sources. Currently, Natalia is a part of the 2016 cohort for the Executive Director Service Institute in Los Angeles.

Her first engagement with activism was protesting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She continued her passion by majoring in Women’s Studies at UCLA (Summa Cum Laude), where she was a student intern at the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and Vice President of the UCLA FMF chapter. Upon graduating from UCLA in 2009, amid an economic crisis, the issues of education and student debt became the forefront of Abrams’ advocacy. Since 2011, she has been an advocate for the national student debt movement. She is passionate about engaging with college students, education debtors, and tackling the multi­faceted issue of student debt.

Media Inquiries – Please contact Natalia Abrams at natalia@studentdebtcrisis.org

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Cody Hounanian– Digital Director is an advocate for education reform, who has worked both on the ground, and behind the scenes to call for fair educational policies in America. As a member of the Student Debt Crisis team he has tackled relevant issues such as for-profit colleges, student loan refinancing, and consumer protection policies. His work contributed to the organization’s notable social media campaign with HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.Hounanian recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied Political Science and History. He began his career in political involvement there, working with Congresswoman Lois Capps to mobilize student voters, and support education initiatives, such as Prop 30. After graduating, he returned to Los Angeles to follow his plans to attend law school. Saddled with student debt himself,  he was called to action by the growing student debt crisis and policies affecting Americans’ abilities to access higher education.Cody Hounanian began working with Student Debt Crisis in June, 2014 as a way to bring positive reform to the nation’s education system. As Digital Director, he has developed the organization’s social media presence, and created original pieces that have spread their message of student debt reform.

Follow him on twitter @chounanian.

 Student Debt Crisis Past Co-Founders and Officers