Katie contributes to Woodstock’s policy development, outreach, coalition building, and communications efforts. Katie also contributes to Woodstock's research and analysis, including reports on the disparate impacts of negative equity on Chicago area communities and racial disparities in FHA/VA lending. Interests include impacts of and solutions to the foreclosure crisis, homeownership preservation, community reinvestment, consumer finance, student debt, financial reform, and financial security over the life cycle. Her projects include crafting informative and engaging communications strategies for economic security issues, assisting the convening of the Regional Home Ownership Preservation Initiative, and developing ways to make Woodstock's data and research more accessible and interactive.
“I combine data-driven policy analysis and effective communication strategies to advocate for better policy solutions to issues facing low-wealth communities and communities of color,” says Katie.
Prior to joining the Woodstock Institute, Katie gained experience in research and communications as a reporter and intern at Chicago Public Radio and the Chicago Reader.
Katie is pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and received her B.A. with honors in Public Policy Studies and Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago.
Recent posts by Katie Buitrago
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is blowing out the candles on its third birthday cake today, and I hope their hard-working staff is taking a moment to celebrate a job well done. They’ve made substantial progress towards their mission of “making financial markets work for American consumers — whether they’re applying for a mortgage, borrowing for college, choosing a credit card, or using any number of other consumer financial products.”
Westwood College, a for-profit university, attracts students with a promise of a law enforcement career upon graduation.
Some career education programs promise students a bright future, but many graduates of such schools find that they don’t have the right credentials for their careers—and a shockingly high percentage never graduate at all.
If you work hard, you should be able to retire with dignity. However, over half of private-sector workers in Illinois don't have access to a retirement savings account at their workplace. This leaves a growing number of seniors unable to make ends meet during retirement.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is in the “late stages” of making a rule to regulate payday lenders. It is critical to let them know that the rule should not include loopholes that lenders can exploit to make expensive, unregulated loans.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made allegations last week that one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges, ITT Educational Services, is pushing students into high-cost student loans that are built to fail. This is the CFPB’s first enforcement action against a for-profit college.
In 2011, the federal banking regulators released rules defining a “Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM).” The definition of a QRM matters to the communities we serve because it will substantially affect how affordable mortgages will be.
How can organizations from different sectors overcome barriers and collaborate to promote a housing market recovery and revitalize communities?
We have a unique opportunity to tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) our concerns at a hearing CFPB will hold in Chicago on October 2.
Integrated, diverse communities benefit everyone, but segregation and concentrated poverty still plague municipalities across the country. That’s why it continues to be important to have federal rules that require localities that receive federal funding to affirmatively further fair housing goals.
Diverse and integrated communities benefit all of us, and it’s critical that fair housing goals are reinforced by the federal government.
In a little under a month, Woodstock Institute will celebrate its 40th anniversary at Babies, Boomers, & Beyond: Economic Security Across the Lifespan. If you’re on the edge about whether to attend, here are four great reasons to buy tickets today:
CHICAGO—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not be required to maintain vacant homes up to the standards in the City of Chicago’s vacant buildings ordinance, ruled U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin on Friday.
Woodstock Institute is thrilled to announce Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as the speaker at our 40th anniversary Bash on October 2. General Madigan joins a fantastic lineup of Symposium keynote speakers, including Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Steve Antonakes and UCLA Professor Fernando Torres-Gil.