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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 in the issue areas of debt buying, student loans, and mortgages. 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.


March 21, 2017
Hearing Uses Debunked Arguments as Cover for Favoring Payday Lenders, Financial Predators Over Working Families Today, the House Committee on Financial Services’ Oversight and Investigations...
March 7, 2017
Proposals Would Boost Transparency & Accountability Across Financial Sector Today, a group of congressional lawmakers, led by U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), introduced seven bills to...
January 12, 2017
Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a survey which highlights that over one-in-four consumers contacted by a debt collection agency felt threatened. Additionally, the CFPB...
December 2, 2016 | By Charlene Crowell | The Washington Informer
A series of developments following the Wells Fargo scandal has now led to the introduction of legislation designed to bring financial justice to the millions of consumers affected by fees and...