The Woodstock Institute has supplied lots of ammunition to activists supporting community reinvestment. But the think tank's new chief says he prefers dialogue to conflict.

Malcolm Bush, the new president of the Chicago-based nonprofit group, is in a position to influence ongoing debates about banker's community responsibilities. In its 20-year history, Woodstock representatives have testified before Congress on topics including the Community Reinvestment Act, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, and - most recently - public disclosure of banks' CRA ratings.

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