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 effect of demographics and institutional characteristics on student debt, disparate impacts of negative equity on Chicago area communities and racial disparities in FHA/VA lending. Interests include student debt reform, impacts of and solutions to the foreclosure crisis, homeownership preservation, community reinvestment, consumer finance, 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 received her Master of Public Policy from 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
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.
On the surface, the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act (HR.1077/S.949) sounds like legislation that would be good for consumers. In actuality, it poses some serious threats to mortgage protections recently put in place by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
While some headlines claim that the housing market is recovering, we know that too many homeowners have not.
CHICAGO—Proposed new guidance released today by two of the federal banking regulators could put an end to the worst practices of payday lending by banks. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) proposed standards that the banks they regulate would have to comply with regarding what they call “deposit advance” features on bank accounts and reloadable prepaid cards.
The foreclosure crisis left many communities with a dilemma: vacant homes are accumulating quickly at the same time as fewer and fewer people can qualify for mortgages to buy those homes. What can be done with the growing inventory of vacant, abandoned homes? One solution gathering attention is renting out single-family homes, but some communities are wary due to a history with irresponsible landlords, while some investors are struggling to find ways to manage properties effectively. Municipalities, real estate investors, property managers, researchers, and other stakeholders gathered together at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on January 30, 2013 for a forum on Single-Family Rental Strategies: Managing the Next Steps of the Foreclosure Crisis.
The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to approve an ordinance establishing the Cook County Land Bank Authority. We applaud Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Board President Preckwinkle, and the rest of the commissioners for leading a campaign against the blight and abandonment that are holding back Cook County communities.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released rules today designed to prevent mortgage lenders from making risky, unaffordable loans. These ability-to-repay rules require that lenders document and verify information demonstrating that a borrower can afford a loan and define a class of mortgages, called Qualified Mortgages (QM), that are presumed to comply with the ability-to-repay rules.