Kat Welbeck is the Director of Advocacy & Civil Rights Counsel at the Student Borrower Protection Center where her work primarily focuses on examining the student debt crisis through a lens of racial and economic justice. Prior to joining the SBPC, she worked in the CFPB’s External Affairs division. Before beginning her legal career, Kat taught fourth grade in Houston, TX. She currently serves as a Board member and Program Director of Rising Leaders, Inc., a mentoring and leadership development program for middle school students. She received an A.B. in Sociology and Certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.