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Melissa Stegman

Senior Policy Counsel

Melissa Stegman is a senior policy counsel on CRL's federal policy team. Located in the DC office, Melissa works primarily on mortgage policy, housing finance reform, and debt collection issues. Prior to joining CRL, Melissa was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of General Counsel. She worked in the Office of Fair Housing Enforcement on a variety of fair lending and civil rights matters.

Melissa received BA degrees in Anthropology and International Studies from the University of North Carolina and her law degree from North Carolina Central University. When not at CRL, Melissa enjoys spending time with family, exploring the DC area, and experimenting with new recipes.


October 25, 2017 | By Kelsey Ramírez | HousingWire
“Companies, like Wells Fargo and Equifax, frequently bury forced arbitration clauses in the fine print of agreements, giving them the ability to cheat consumers with impunity,” said Melissa Stegman,...
October 25, 2017 | By Mark Huffman | Consumer Affairs
"Senators who voted in favor of this resolution just handed a gift to bad financial actors," said Melissa Stegman, senior policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending. "Companies, like Wells...
October 24, 2017
Rescinding CFPB arbitration rule denies Americans the freedom to seek justice through our court system. WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would repeal the...
September 26, 2017
News Report Indicates Senate Might Vote Imminently to Take Away Consumers’ Right to Sue Financial Companies for Wrongdoing WASHINGTON, D.C. – As reported by Politico, the “Senate GOP leadership is...