|Student Debt Crisis is a non-profit (501c4) organization dedicated to fundamentally reforming student debt and higher education loan policies. Student Debt Crisis (SDC) takes a personal approach to member needs—working directly with borrowers to understand their challenges and fears, repayment obstacles and frustrations. SDC tackles the challenges of loan refinancing and consumer protection policies with media and legislators, as well as educating borrowers and higher education experts with lectures, webinars and special events.
SDC has grown into national prominence for its efforts to intercede on behalf of borrowers for debt resolution solutions through petitions, awareness-building campaigns, outreach, social media and meetings with lawmakers. Boasting a large and engaged membership network, 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”, Michael Moore, and the AFL-CIO to draw attention to the needs of borrowers.
It is SDC’s core belief that our nation’s success is dependent upon an educated workforce capable of the critical thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship necessary for prosperity. At the heart of our belief is the conviction that we can no longer burden students with the ever-increasing costs of higher education. Affordable and accessible education—including the equitable repayment of debt incurred—is crucial for the U.S. to maintain its position as a 21st-century global leader.
|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.
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.
|Cody Hounanian is the Program 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.
|Samantha Morgan is the Organizing Associate for SDC where she works on program planning and event coordination. Samantha uses the framework of intersectional feminism to learn more about the ways in which student debt disproportionately affects women and other marginalized communities. She has spoken about the cost of college and the impact of student debt on families with MarketWatch, Cosmopolitan, and Vice.
In 2011, Morgan worked with the Feminist Club of Pasadena City College who helped organize Los Angeles’ first “SlutWalk”- an event aimed at ending the toxic culture of victim blaming and slut shaming prevalent in society. Morgan received her B.A. from UCLA in Gender Studies.
Follow her on twitter @samd_morgan
Sabrina Cereceres is the newest Organizing Associate. She is a sophomore at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. She is working toward her bachelor’s in Sociology and hopes to transfer to UCLA in 2019. Sabrina is the founder and current President of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) chapter at Pima Community College, where the FMLA is working on providing more equal opportunities on the campus. She is currently on the Young Invincible’s West Coast Youth Advisory Board.
Follow her on twitter @towanda_forever