|Robert Applebaum is an attorney from Staten Island, NY and the founder of StudentDebtCrisis.org’s predecessor organization, ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com. Rob is a 1998 graduate of Fordham University School of Law and, thereafter, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y. between 1999 and 2004. After 5 years of service as an ADA, because of his exponentially increasing student loan debt, Applebaum made the unfortunate decision to leave a public service job he loved for the private sector, where he remained for the next 5 years.|
In late January, 2009, frustrated with countless bailouts of the very institutions responsible for the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, news of lavish vacations, exorbitant bonuses and office redecorations, Robert Applebaum authored an essay entitled “Forgive Student Loan Debt to Stimulate the Economy” which he posted to a new Facebook Group by the same name. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Facebook group, Rob founded ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com so as to advocate for both current and former students struggling under massive amounts of student loan debt.
Applebaum’s petition on the White House’s “We the People” site, which garnered over 32,000 signatures, resulted in a direct response from the Obama Administration, culminating in their introduction of the “Pay As You Earn” initiative in October, 2011.
Rob’s petition on SignOn.org, in favor of H.R. 4170, The Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012, garnered over One Million signatures and, on June 28, 2012, he presented his petition to Rep. Hansen Clarke, author of H.R. 4170, at a press conference on Capitol Hill.
Robert Applebaum has written on the topic of student loan debt for The New York Times, Salon.com, The Guardian and The Hill.
He has been featured in BusinessWeek, The Economist, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Now on PBS, Nightly Business Report, RT America, PBS NewsHour and Default: The Student Loan Documentary.