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Jim Carr

Senior Fellow

Expertise: Housing policy

Jim Carr is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and a housing finance, banking, and urban policy consultant. He is also a distinguished scholar with The Opportunity Agenda. Previously he served as chief business officer for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition where he launched and managed minority- and women-owned business centers that assisted their clients to access more than $1.8 billion in capital and $350 million in federal contracts during his tenure. Jim also served as senior vice president for financial innovation, planning, and research for the Fannie Mae Foundation; vice president for housing research at Fannie Mae; assistant director for tax policy and federal credit with the U.S. Senate Budget Committee; and research associate at the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University.

Jim has served as a visiting professor at Columbia University, an executive committee member of Americans for Financial Reform, and on research advisory boards at Harvard University, University of California-Berkeley, and University of Pennsylvania. Jim has been an advisor to the OECD Urban Affairs Project Group in Paris, France, and has consulted on financial modernization and housing finance to China, Mexico, Turkey, and South Africa. Jim has testified on numerous occasions before Congress and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox News, and PBS, as well as a variety of radio networks across the nation including NPR. Jim holds a bachelor of architecture degree with honors from Hampton University, a master of urban planning degree from Columbia University, and a master of city and regional planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania.