Joanna K. Darcus is a former staff attorney who worked on litigation, debt collection, and student loan matters. As part of the Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project, she represented low-income student loan borrowers, most of whom are people of color. Joanna uses advocacy and litigation to address predatory education and lending practices. From 2017-2019, she was the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Racial Justice Fellow at NCLC.
Prior to joining NCLC, Joanna was a supervising attorney at Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia. While there, she represented hundreds of low-income consumers sued by debt collectors or struggling with student loans. She also trained other advocates and pursued policy reforms.
Joanna is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law.
Joanna now serves as Senior Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Education.
Student Loan Repayment Rights