Kirsten Keefe is a dedicated advocate for economic justice, serving as the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy – New York at TICAS. In her role, Kirsten leads initiatives aimed at closing the affordability gap and ensuring equitable access to higher education opportunities for all in New York State. She is deeply committed to fostering fairness in the marketplace, particularly for student borrowers.

Prior to her tenure at TICAS, Kirsten held pivotal roles at the Empire Justice Center, where she served as the Director for their Education Debt Consumer Assistance Program (EDCAP) Specialist Program. She also developed and served as the Anchor Partner Director for the NYS Office of the Attorney General’s Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). Throughout her career, Kirsten has been a steadfast member of New Yorkers for Responsible Lending (NYRL), actively shaping financial justice policy agendas. She participated in the U.S. Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Committee in 2017-18, is a former member of the NYS Department of Financial Services Consumer Protection Advisory Board, and served on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System’s Consumer Advisory Council in addition to serving on several non-profit boards and advisory committees.

With over two decades of experience advocating for low-income individuals and communities, Kirsten’s journey began as a staff attorney for Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, PA. In this capacity, she represented homeowners facing the challenges of predatory subprime lending mortgages. She also served as the Founding Director for a national message campaign, Americans for Fairness in Lending, taught consumer law, and trained hundreds of advocates representing homeowners in foreclosure. Kirsten holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross and earned her juris doctorate degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Her commitment to service extends beyond her legal career; she also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, where she taught English and conducted HIV/AIDS education. Kirsten’s multifaceted background, coupled with her passion for social justice, underscores her unwavering dedication to creating systemic change and empowering marginalized communities.