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Rochelle Sparko

Director of NC Policy

Rochelle Sparko is an attorney with 15 years of experience. Her career has included representing individual clients in administrative proceedings, bankruptcy court and civil litigation at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, and the North Carolina Justice Center. Rochelle comes to CRL after six years directing the policy work of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, where her responsibilities included government relations work at the state and federal levels, coalition management, and communicating policy information to members and supporters of the organization. She looks forward to bringing her skills to CRL, and to returning to consumer protection work. In her free time, Rochelle runs an urban farm.

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 12, 2022
Auto repair chains like Charlotte-based Meineke, and local repair shops nationwide are steering customers to predatory lenders engaged in deceptive and abusive practices, charging up to 189% APR...
October 25, 2021 | By Clayton Henkel | NC Policy Watch
Listen to a discussion of the state of the national student loan debt crisis and some relief that the Biden administration has made available.
February 25, 2021 | By Maria Ramirez Uribe, Gracyn Doctor | WFAE
This is causing frustration for people helping small business owners prepare to apply, like Rochelle Sparko, the director of North Carolina Policy at the Center for Responsible Lending. She says this...
December 3, 2020
Durham, NC — Over half (55%) of surveyed North Carolinians with student debt who earn less than $50,000 in annual income report a decrease in their household income since the onset of COVID-19,...