Diane Standaert is the Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union (HOPE). In this role, she directs the Hope Policy Institute and provides leadership on the development and execution of HOPE’s policy and advocacy strategy. Through independent analysis grounded in the experiences of HOPE’s programs and its members, the Policy Institute influences policies that affect the allocation of resources and facilitates an environment to ensure that all people prosper. Financial inclusion, development financing, and affordable housing are among the Policy Institute’s areas of interest,
Diane brings more than 16 years of experience in policy deployment and expertise on a range of financial services issues such as small dollar lending, fair housing, student loans, and others along with a legal background in civil rights. She most recently served as Director of State Policy and Executive Vice President at the Center for Responsible Lending in Durham, N.C., where she worked with bi-partisan coalitions and policymakers at the state and federal level to advance consumer protections against predatory lending practices. Diane began her legal career as a fellow at the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights, where she worked in partnership with rural communities in North Carolina for access to basic services like sewer and water. For several years, Diane served on the national governing committee for the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development.
Diane has presented testimony on issues of fair financial services in several state legislatures and in Congress, and worked with media such as the New York Times, NPR, Los Angeles Times, to bring attention to market and regulatory developments that put the financial security of low-income people and communities of color at risk. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from Florida State University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.