Meet the Team
The Student Debt Crisis Center is a non-profit organization with about 2 million supporters nationwide and works to amplify borrower voices and needs to end the student debt crisis once and for all. SDCC has been helping borrowers for more than a decade with a specific focus on advocacy, education, and outreach. The team has successfully engaged three presidential administrations, Congress, and state legislators to address this crisis. They have secured critical policy wins along the way including stopping student loan interest rates from increasing, expanding consumer protections for borrowers, and passing state legislation. SDCC has helped to shift the narrative to include broad-based debt cancellation and debt relief for victims of for-profit colleges and disabled borrowers.
President & Founder
Natalia Abrams has been on the front lines of the fight for student loan debt reform for well over a decade. Long before others acknowledged student debt as a genuine American crisis, Natalia was raising awareness of the scale of the problem – and working with both borrowers and legislators on lasting, meaningful solutions. From the New York Times to Wall Street Journal to NPR and countless other
outlets, Natalia has been cited as a subject matter expert on the immense injustice of the existing system for funding higher education. As president, Natalia continues to direct the SDCC’s overall strategy and fundraising programs – and represent SDCC in media and communications. A Los Angeles native, Natalia graduated from UCLA.
Sabrina Calazans currently serves as the Managing Director at SDCC where she advocates for student debt cancellation by putting borrowers and their stories front and center. As a student loan borrower and first-generation American, she is passionate about bringing awareness to the disproportionate impact of student loan debt on communities of color, low-income communities, and
women. Sabrina became involved in the fight to cancel student debt by filling out a survey and sharing her story.
Special Projects & Free the Degree Director
Sabrina Cereceres is the Special Projects and Free the Degree Director at SDCC. From writing for the Nation Magazine to hosting Free the Degree's first summit, Sabrina is dedicated to making minority and youth voices and perspectives heard. Her work also includes content creation and website management. Sabrina is currently attending the
University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ and working towards her bachelor's in Sustainable Built Environments.
Shanna Hayes is a 34-year-old student loan borrower whose student loan balance has ballooned to over $150k. After a major medical life event, she struggled to navigate the student loan system, especially without the assistance of her loan servicer. After sharing her story and learning more about the issue, she became an Economic Justice Fellow at the Student Debt Crisis Center. After her
fellowship, she expressed continued interest and passion for ending the student debt crisis and is now the Communications Coordinator.
Sean Tonra is a recent graduate from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey, where he studied Political Science and International and Global Studies. Throughout his time in college, he has worked as a Legislative Intern for New Jersey Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak, a Fellow for the Student Debt Crisis Center, and served as the Legislative Affairs Chairman for his university's student
government, where a particular focus of his was higher education affordability. He was also an Undergraduate Fellow for the Eagleton Institute of Politics and is a member of the its alumni committee.
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Our work is supported by individual contributions. Each dollar directly funds our education, outreach, and advocacy programs. Donations to SDCC are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.