James H. Carr

Senior Policy Advisor
Opportunity Agenda

James H. Carr is a housing finance, banking, and urban policy consultant and a senior policy advisor with the Opportunity Agenda. Previously, he served as chief business officer for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, as senior vice president for financial innovation, planning, and research for the Fannie Mae Foundation, as assistant director for tax policy with the US Senate Budget Committee, and a research associate at the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University. Carr has also held posts as a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York, an executive committee member of Americans for Financial Reform, and a braintruster (blogger) for the Roosevelt Institute's New Deal 2.0 initiative. He has published and lectured extensively and has served on research or policy advisory boards at Harvard University, University of California-Berkeley, and University of Pennsylvania. Carr was an advisor to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Urban Affairs Project Group in Paris, France, and has consulted internationally on financial modernization, housing finance, and economic development to China, Mexico, Turkey, Colombia, South Africa, and Ghana. He has testified on several occasions before Congress and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, and PBS. He has also been quoted in various major newspapers including USA Today, Washington PostNew York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Reuters, and numerous additional media outlets. Carr holds graduate degrees in urban and regional planning from Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania and an architecture degree, with honors, from Hampton University.




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