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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 11, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has begun consideration of legislation (S.J. Res. 15) to rescind a federal bank agency rule that facilitates predatory lending. A vote is expected around 5:30 pm et...
April 28, 2021 | By Brad Finkelstein | National Mortgage News
“While some of today's schemes might be dressed up a little bit fancier with the fintech aura than the older schemes, they still have the same rent-a-bank evasion,” said Lisa Stifler, director of...
April 28, 2021
Video highlights, below, on the harms of predatory rent-a-bank schemes WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development held a hearing, “The...
March 25, 2021
330+ groups representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia called for Congress to support a resolution to overturn a rule that helps triple-digit interest rate loans spread across the...