Eakes is the Chief Executive Officer of Self-Help/Center for Responsible Lending
(CRL). Mr. Eakes co-founded Self-Help, a community development lender, in 1980.
CRL's staff includes attorneys, researchers, and policy analysts in North
Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Oakland, CA, who study and report on predatory
lending matters and monitor legislative and regulatory activity in state
capitols and in the U.S. Congress. To date, the Center for Responsible Lending
has helped save American families more than $4 billion annually.
holds a law degree from Yale, a Master's from the Woodrow Wilson School
of Public Affairs at Princeton, and a B.A. from Davidson College.