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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.



March 28, 2019 | By Robin Howarth and Lisa Stifler | Brookings
This report addresses the trend of for-profit colleges going exclusively online or contracting with non-profit (mostly public) colleges to run their online programs. Using results from focus groups...
March 28, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Brookings Institution published a new research report by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) that explores how online programs from for-profit institutions...
March 26, 2019 | By JAN ROSS PIEDAD & DAVID MARTIN DAVIES | Texas Public Radio
Payday loans can be a welcome rescue for people without credit or who are hit with an unexpected emergency, but small, short-term loans can accumulate debt in weeks due to interest rates that can...
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...