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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.

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Our in-depth research of financial practices is intended to guide policymakers and opinion leaders working to improve the state of lending.

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September 17, 2020 | By Austin Weinstein | The Charlotte Observer
While a lower required balance limit is good for some consumers, the net effect of the change will be for more of the cost of checking accounts — a free product for most customers — to be financed by...
August 22, 2020
A long list of worries weighs on us. Our health, our jobs, our children’s education. Are we in danger of foreclosure or eviction? What about racial disparities in policing and justice systems?...
August 6, 2020 | By Sophie Kasakove | The News & Observer
Research has shown that payday lending specifically targets Black communities. In 2005, The Center for Responsible Lending, a nonprofit group that promotes policies to curb predatory lending, found...
July 21, 2020
OCC Seeks to Bless Bank/Payday Lender Partnerships that Enabled Evasion of NC Usury Caps in Early 2000’s Durham, NC — Yesterday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) proposed a rule...

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