Nikitra Bailey is the Senior Vice President of Public Policy at NFHA. Ms. Bailey manages the Public Policy department and is responsible for developing and spearheading a visionary, comprehensive policy strategy to implement NFHA’s mission. Ms. Bailey provides thought leadership for the organization; liaises with policymakers and other stakeholders; supports resource development; and works collaboratively with NFHA’s departments, membership, and Board of Directors to promote housing equity.
Previously, she served as an Executive Vice President at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). She played an integral role in designing and driving CRL’s consumer protection and fair lending agenda. She directed mortgage advocacy; supervised resource development; and served as the principal strategist for coalition partnerships that span civil rights, faith, women, labor, and community advocates across the nation. Recently, she led advocacy to secure passage of the Homeowners Assistance Fund (HAF) in the American Rescue Plan legislation, which provides billions in relief for COVID-19’s hardest-hit homeowners. She is the author of articles and reports on the impact of predatory lending on people of color and women. Ms. Bailey has provided expert testimony to the Congress on housing issues, and she serves on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Advisory Board (CAB). She also appears frequently in national media.