Suzanne Martindale serves as Senior Policy Counsel & Western States Legislative Manager for Consumer Reports, based in the organization’s West Coast office. Suzanne is part of the Financial Services Campaign team, where she engages in policy and legislative advocacy on a range of consumer finance issues. Her areas of expertise include student loans, banking, payments, debt collection and small-dollar credit. She is the author of several recent publications, including “Campus Banking Products: Students Face Hurdles to Accessing Clear Information and Accounts that Meet Their Needs” (August 2014), “Pay Me How? What You Should Know About Payroll Cards” (July-August 2014), and “Degrees of Debt: Stories from Student Loan Borrowers Highlight Urgent Need for Reform” (November 2013).
Prior to joining Consumer Reports full-time, Suzanne worked for the organization as a law student intern for more than two years. She received her law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2010. While in law school, Suzanne was also a clinical student at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, CA, where she ran tenants’ rights clinics, defended low-income clients in eviction and debt collection lawsuits, and trained other law students to do direct services work. She was a senior editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law and served on its executive committee.
Prior to law school, Suzanne was an adjunct instructor at two community colleges in the Chicago metropolitan area. She received a Master’s Degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2005, concentrating in legal and political philosophy. Suzanne received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley in 2003 (B.A., magna cum laude, Philosophy). She currently lives in Oakland, CA.