Dan Fair

Dan Fair

Through web-based communications such as social media, data visualization, and the Woodstock blog and website, Dan’s work focuses on communicating Woodstock’s research and policy findings in new and interesting ways.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to use new media and online communications to contribute to the fantastic work that Woodstock does toward creating a fair and safe financial system for low-wealth families and communities of color,” says Dan.

Dan joined Woodstock in February 2013 after serving as manager of communications & member relations for the National Community Tax Coalition. He received his B.A. in history and political science from Butler University and his Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University.

Recent posts by Dan Fair

Written by Dan Fair on June 6, 2014 - 9:43am

The House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee last week called for an end to a critical Department of Justice (DOJ) anti-fraud investigation called “Operation Choke Point.” Eliminating the operation could hamper DOJ’s ability to prevent the financial abuse of some of the most financially vulnerable consumers.

Written by Dan Fair on June 5, 2014 - 10:42am

Last year, thousands of consumers filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding financial products. In Illinois, complaints from consumers focused on mortgage services, banking services, credit cards, and other critical services.

Written by Dan Fair on May 28, 2014 - 12:11pm

You may have heard about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), but what can it do for you and your constituents?

Written by Dan Fair on May 14, 2014 - 10:57am
Six years after the financial collapse of 2008, the fight to rebuild our communities has not ended.
Written by Dan Fair on May 1, 2014 - 10:53am

For more than 20 years, the Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) has been providing responsible financing and technical assistance for community development projects in the Chicago area.

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Written by Dan Fair on April 14, 2014 - 12:21pm

Nearly a year ago, Woodstock launched our online data portal in order to deliver meaningful data on the Chicago six county region for our community partners in a user-friendly way.

Written by Dan Fair on April 11, 2014 - 10:52am

Woodstock and other advocates have long raised the issue of vacant properties in the Chicago region and the seemingly endless ways they negatively affect our communities.

Written by Dan Fair on April 2, 2014 - 10:23am
One in five older Americans is a victim of financial abuse and fraud. People who have saved for decades can be left with nothing as a result of a financial scam.
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Written by Dan Fair on March 26, 2014 - 6:00am

As we have documented extensively, there is a looming retirement security crisis in Illinois.

Written by Dan Fair on March 19, 2014 - 10:17am

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland released a report earlier this month finding that adoption of a fast-track foreclosure process for abandoned properties in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania would save the states at least $24 million annually.

Written by Dan Fair on March 6, 2014 - 11:10am

U.S. Bank announced earlier this year it intended to purchase Chicago-area branches of RBS Citizens/Charter One Bank.

Written by Dan Fair on February 14, 2014 - 10:26am

Woodstock Institute celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2013  with a national research symposium and bash.

Written by Dan Fair on December 5, 2013 - 10:40am

A recent report from the UK-based Community Finance Solutions at the University of Salford and Woodstock Institute calls for the United Kingdom (UK) to adopt a banking disclosure act similar to laws in the United States (US).

Written by Dan Fair on November 5, 2013 - 10:59am
It’s been an incredible year for Woodstock Institute and our partners.
Written by Dan Fair on October 29, 2013 - 10:22am
Communities are struggling to emerge from the devastation of the foreclosure crisis. While our neighborhoods make efforts to recover, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)—regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—has refused to implement policies proven to protect vulnerable homeowners from foreclosure.
Written by Dan Fair on September 26, 2013 - 10:00am
For the last couple months, we’ve been highlighting several different aspects of Woodstock’s history. Now it’s time to put it all together.
Written by Dan Fair on September 24, 2013 - 11:11am

For our 40th anniversary, we have secured some incredible keynote speakers you’re sure to enjoy. From a range of backgrounds and expertise, our speakers will make you think differently about the work you do every day.

Written by Dan Fair on September 12, 2013 - 3:02pm
As more and more baby boomers retire, the financial security of older Americans is becoming of greater importance to our society.
Written by Dan Fair on July 26, 2013 - 11:23am

In the early 1970s, Aaron and Sylvia Scheinfeld were unhappy with the state of things in the Chicago region. Redlining, predatory lending, and inequality plagued the area.

Written by Dan Fair on July 15, 2013 - 12:25pm

Two incredibly important votes are scheduled this week in the U.S. Senate. The nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is set to be voted on by the full Senate, while the nomination of Congressman Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is scheduled in the Senate Banking Committee. Both votes will likely happen tomorrow, so we must act now.