Marceline brings more than 20 years of management, fundraising, advocacy, research, and organizing experience to her position as Executive Director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition (MCRC). In addition to consumer issues, Marceline has written and advocated on international trade, gender and development, labor rights, environmental justice, and reproductive rights. She is a contributing author to Trading Women’s Health and Rights? Trade Liberalization and Reproductive Health in Developing Economies (2006) and Women and Justice (2004) and has authored numerous policy reports, journal and media articles. She has presented her work before Members of Congress, U.S.Trade Representative (USTR) staff, and US Agency for International Development (USAID) officials. Marceline's research and advocacy on fair trade has been presented to government officials in Bangladesh, Kenya, Peru, and Jamaica. Marceline developed research and led trainings for USAID Missions in Bangladesh and Peru on gender and trade issues that led to changes in the Mission's programming. Marceline has been interviewed on national radio programs and interviewed by local, national, and international media including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus, and The Utne Reader. She holds a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
February 6, 2014
Jose Santos Benavides was a living Horatio Alger story. Until it all fell apart. Benavides, a Salvadoran immigrant, worked as a self-employed landscaper, saving for years until he had $15,000 that he could use as a downpayment for a four-bedroom home in Rockville. He was earning nearly six figures. A year later, as the economy soured and work dried up, Benavides lost his home in foreclosure. Benavides, his wife, and their two children moved to a cramped, two-bedroom apartment. He tried to put the nightmare behind him and rebuild his life.
June 24, 2013
Question: When is a signed contract not a contract?
Answer: When a car dealer decides to change the terms of the contract.
Unfortunately, this is not a joke. And it is not at all funny. Legally, of course, when a consumer signs a contract to buy a car, the contract is binding. The car buyer and car dealer agree on the terms of the sale.
February 26, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake can thank me later. I’ve found a way to generate more than $500,000 in revenue for the city of Baltimore this year, and all the mayor has to do is follow city law.
Astonishingly, amid recent reports of Baltimore’s fiscal crisis, the mayor is prepared to ignore this source of vitally needed revenue – to help a struggling little company called Ticketmaster.
January 24, 2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has spent months preparing new rules for mortgage lending and servicing. The goal of these rules, which the agency announced on Jan. 10, is to prevent the kind of reckless mortgage lending that has led to the worst housing and financial crisis in decades.
September 12, 2012
On August 29th, the Office of Mortgage Settlement released a report on the progress five national banks have made in fulfilling their obligations under the national foreclosure settlement. The banks have committed to providing relief to beleaguered homeowners through principal reduction loan modifications, refinancing, short sales, and more.
June 12, 2012
"Well done is better than well said"
Benjamin Franklin, US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 - 1790)
While I agree wholeheartedly with this notion, I have to admit it has taken me awhile to come around to this viewpoint. I’m someone who loves words -- I can sink into a book the way others sink into down comforters. In fact, I may take more comfort in a book than in a down blanket.
February 16, 2012
Call me crazy. Go ahead, my friends have been since Thursday afternoon when I stated that the national settlement between five national banks, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and 48 other state attorneys general is-on balance-good for Maryland families.