Ira Rheingold is Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), an organization dedicated to protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices. At NACA, Mr. Rheingold has testified before both Houses of Congress on various mortgage lending and consumer finance issues, offered commentary before federal agencies charged with regulating financial service industries and protecting consumers, and helped draft amicus briefs on issues of great concern to consumers before the nation’s highest courts. Mr. Rheingold also manages the Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance, a joint project of NACA and the Center for Responsible Lending.
Before coming to NACA, Mr. Rheingold worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago as a supervisory attorney in charge of the Foreclosure Prevention and Senior Housing Projects. His responsibilities included community outreach and education, legal and policy advocacy and the development of impact litigation against predatory mortgage lenders. The major focus of his litigation practice was the representation of senior and disabled homeowners victimized by mortgage brokers, lenders and contractors who targeted minority low-income communities with high interest, high fee home equity loans. Mr. Rheingold also worked for three years as a legal services attorney in suburban Washington D.C. At that job, his primary work included welfare advocacy and homelessness prevention. Prior to becoming a legal services attorney, Mr. Rheingold worked as an advocate for low-income community groups in rural Southern Maryland. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.