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Marisabel Torres

Director of California Policy

Marisabel Torres is the director of California policy at CRL and works to advance strong consumer protections and promote responsible lending policies in the state. Before joining CRL, Marisabel was a senior policy analyst for the Wealth-Building Initiative at UnidosUS and focused on banking, homeownership, and retirement policies affecting Latino families, as well as immigrant access to financial services. Marisabel’s career at UnidosUS began as a policy generalist in the department of Legislative, Congressional, and Political Affairs, before being an analyst in the Economic and Employment Policy Project. Her work included analyses of federal investments in Latino-serving programs, the Latino electorate, and barriers to federal retirement programs for low-income Latino workers. Torres has authored or co-authored several publications, including The Future of Banking: Overcoming Barriers to Financial inclusion for Communities of Color (2019), Banking in Color: New Findings on Financial Access for Low- and Moderate–Income Communities (2014), Latino Financial Access and Inclusion in California (2013), and Affording Citizenship and Securing a Sound Financial Future (2012).

Marisabel holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the University of Mary Washington.


April 17, 2020
Oakland, CA – As people en masse are losing their jobs and income, creditors are taking from desperately needed stimulus checks in order to collect on debts. The Center for Responsible Lending today...
August 22, 2019
OAKLAND, CALIF. – Two annual reports released this month by the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) reveal that predatory lenders are still reaping millions of dollars by trapping...