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Lisa Stifler

State Policy, Deputy Director

Lisa Stifler serves as senior policy counsel on CRL's state policy team, and leads its debt collection work. She advises local organizations and lawmakers that are working to eliminate abusive lending and debt collection practices in their states. Lisa also advocates on the national level on abusive debt collection and debt settlement practices, as well as predatory auto and student lending.

Prior to joining CRL, Lisa worked in the areas of civil rights, community economic development, and bankruptcy. She also worked and volunteered for more than six years as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence.

Lisa received her BA degree in English and African American Studies with high honors from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Lisa also received dual degrees in law and social work from the University of North Carolina, where she graduated with honors and was also recognized for her extensive pro bono work as a student. Lisa served as a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen A. Mitchell of the Eastern District of Virginia Bankruptcy Court in Alexandria, VA. When not working, Lisa enjoys running and baking (but not cooking), as well as spending time with her family.

Research & Policy

Our in-depth research of financial practices is intended to guide policymakers and opinion leaders working to improve the state of lending.



January 16, 2019
DURHAM, N.C. – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo included measures within his state budget proposal released today that would address abuses by for-profit colleges (PDF) and student loan servicers...
January 7, 2019
State lawmakers should prevent such abuses before they occur DURHAM, N.C. – On Friday, New York Attorney General Letitia James and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo...
October 15, 2018 | By Ryan Felton and Ishaan Jhaveri | Jalopnik
It’s unclear exactly what led to the situation in Detroit, although the tough economic situation for the city and its residents in recent years has certainly contributed. The company has been ...
September 11, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday September 10, 2018, the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), and the National Student...