At its annual benefit on May 23rd, Toby Merrill, Director of the Legal Services Center’s Project on Predatory Student Lending, received the Aspire Award from Compass Working Capital. The Award recognizes Toby’s tireless efforts to provide legal counseling and representation to Compass’ client community. The Aspire Award is presented each year to an individual or organization who has made an extraordinary contribution to Compass’s pursuit of its mission.
Compass is a Boston-based nonprofit organization that provides financial services to low-income families, empowering families to build savings and financial capabilities as a pathway out of poverty. Toby has been working with Compass since 2012, shortly after she founded the Project on Predatory Student Lending, which represents low-income student loan borrowers in predatory lending cases against for-profit and occupational schools and related entities. Toby has counseled and represented many Compass clients, and has partnered with Compass to train its coaches on consumer debt issues facing low-income families.