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Lisa Stifler

Director of State Policy

Lisa Stifler serves as CRL's director of the state policy, 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.



May 8, 2020 | By Ann Carrns | The New York Times
Many of the suits end in automatic victories for collectors, the report found. That’s probably because consumers sued for debts rarely have lawyers. And for various reasons, debtors often fail to...
April 14, 2020
This also affects the 24.2 million “underbanked” individuals who keep their money outside traditional banks as well as those dependent on services like payday loans. Lisa Stifler, who leads debt...
October 31, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the U.S. Department of Education released the final version of federal regulations for accreditation and state authorization for online institutions. Set to take effect in...
August 20, 2019
Policies Should Prioritize Quality and Accountability, Not Allow Unmanageable Debt to Weigh Down Families and NC Economy DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – In a comprehensive analysis of North Carolina-...