Nick Bourke directs Pew's research on consumer needs and perceptions, market practices, and potential regulation of payday and other small-dollar loan providers. The project also offers policy recommendations designed to protect consumers from harmful practices and promote safe, transparent credit.
As the lead on Pew’s analysis and advocacy efforts on consumer lending issues, Bourke oversees a team of researchers, publishing unique analyses and proposing evidence-based regulation for the credit card and small-dollar loan industries. He has testified before congressional committees and frequently interacts with stakeholders from industry and consumer groups. Bourke has conducted numerous interviews on national television and radio news programs and with top print publications.
Bourke previously led Pew’s successful campaign to reform regulation of the credit card industry. Before joining Pew, he worked with financial services and high tech companies, serving as product manager, marketing specialist, strategy consultant, and legal advisor, with particular expertise in electronic payments. Most recently, Bourke was senior consultant and project manager for the Ziba Group, where his clients included Visa and other financial services firms. Bourke has also developed marketing analytics products for credit card providers and other organizations. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
Bourke holds a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, and society from Stanford University and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Davis.
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In Colorado, a 2007 law that attempted to reform the payday lending industry failed to achieve policymakers' goals of reducing harm to payday borrowers while preserving access to small-dollar credit. The law preserved lump-sum lending, allowing lenders to make four consecutive balloon-payment loans but then requiring them to offer borrowers an installment plan. Read More
WASHINGTON—The Pew Charitable Trusts today released a report detailing fraudulent and abusive practices associated with payday loans offered online. Read More
Financial regulators, most urgently the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, have a historic opportunity to create new rules to promote a safer and more competitive small-dollar loan market. These rules should apply to all small-dollar cash loans including storefront payday loans, online payday loans, and similar installment loans from banks and nonbanks. Read More