James Stockard is lecturer in housing studies at the Harvard School of Design and an expert in affordable housing and community development. As a principal for over twenty-five years with the Cambridge-based consulting firm Stockard & Engler & Brigham, he has worked with nonprofit groups and public agencies across the country on such issues as affordable housing development, property management, neighborhood revitalization, and supportive service planning. He is past president of the Citizens Housing and Planning Association, a founding trustee of the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust, and served as a commissioner of the Cambridge Housing Authority for the past thirty years, including seven terms as chairperson. He is the coauthor of Managing Affordable Housing, and wrote the epilogue in New Directions in Urban Public Housing. He was the principal investigator for the Public Housing Operating Cost Study commissioned by the US Congress. Stockard holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Princeton University and a master of city planning degree from the Harvard School of Design. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary and is an alumnus of the Loeb Fellowship Program at the Harvard School of Design.