Leslie Parrish

Leslie Parrish

Strategic Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Credit Products (Home, Student, Personal, and Auto Loans), Credit/Interest Rate, Financial Inclusion, Lending and Related Technologies, Loan Processing, Marketplace Lending, Regulations, Risk Management

Leslie Parrish is a Strategic Advisor with Aite-Novarica’s Retail Banking & Payments practice, focusing on consumer lending.

Leslie was one of the initial employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal financial regulator. Her role entailed engaging with lenders and helping to develop the bureau’s strategy and policies related to small-dollar loans offered by banks, nonbanks, and fintech firms. Later, she authored research publications to inform rule-making efforts on small-dollar loans, overdraft programs, and debt collection. Before her work at the bureau, Leslie spent over 10 years working on public policy issues related to financial services, financial inclusion, and consumer protection. Through this work, she developed expertise in a number of financial products and services, including student loans, mortgages, and unsecured loans marketed to nonprime consumers, as well as in debt relief strategies. 

Leslie holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. ET
[RECORDING AVAILABLE] Join Aite-Novarica Group Retail Banking & Payments Practice Director David Albertazzi and his expert team for a live one-hour webinar as they identify the top 10 trends that will shape the retail banking and payments landscape around the globe in 2022 and beyond:...
Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Before the pandemic, many financial institutions (FIs) were focused on reacting to changing consumer behavior, internal pressures to cut costs, and determining how to build relationships. With all of those factors still at play, many FIs are adding to their strategic goals on how to build,...


June 10, 2021
Written by Leslie Parrish and Tiffani Montez Even lenders with significant digital mortgage lending capabilities will tell you that attracting a potential borrower and moving them through the homeownership journey from loan application to closing is a significant time investment. Lenders face challenges in retaining borrowers throughout the homebuying journey and later when that customer wants...
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March 3, 2021
Consumer lenders face considerable challenges making loan decisions in this volatile and uncertain economic environment. While traditional credit data is certainly foundational in assessing creditworthiness, other sources can provide critical real-time insights that this data lacks. In a recent Aite Group survey, nearly half (48%) of consumer lenders indicated that they are somewhat less or far...
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