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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.



August 23, 2018
Listen to an interview with Lisa Stifler on the Steve Gruber Show about the dangers of payday loans. Lisa also discusses some of the research findings in CRL's new report, Power Steering: Payday...
August 21, 2018
New research from Center for Responsible Lending reveals disproportionate concentration of payday lenders in Michigan rural and low-income neighborhoods and communities of color DURHAM, N.C. --...
August 1, 2018 | By Megan Leonhardt | CNBC
"Payday loans are dangerous and unaffordable for everyone, but borrowers who are just starting out or who are struggling financially — they're the most vulnerable," Lisa Stifler, deputy director of...
June 7, 2018 | By Jillian Berman | MarketWatch
State law enforcement officials investigated and enforced the law against for-profit colleges well before the Trump administration took office, but in the absence of aggressive federal regulations,...