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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.

Research & Policy

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


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...
August 24, 2017
New CFPB rule would restore Americans’ right to take banks to court WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in oral arguments before a federal appeals court, Wells Fargo will try to again stop consumers in 49...
July 25, 2017
New Poll Shows that Congress Going Against Wishes of Constituents in Voting to Repeal a CFPB Rule that would Restore the Right of Americans to Take Financial Firms to Court WASHINGTON, D.C. –...
July 20, 2017
Senators and Representatives Announce Legislation to Repeal Consumer Bureau Rule that Restores Americans' Ability to Challenge Illegal Lending Actions in Court WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senate...