Jim Carr is a Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the Coleman A. Young Endowed Chair and Professor in Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. He is also a housing finance, banking, and urban policy consultant. Previously, Jim served as Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress and Visiting Scholar with the Opportunity Agenda. Jim has also held the position of 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.

Prior to his appointment to NCRC, Jim was Senior Vice President for Financial Innovation, Planning, and Research for the Fannie Mae Foundation, where he founded a research center that attracted subscribers from more than 30 nations. Jim was further a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, 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 on research or policy advisory boards at Harvard University, University of California-Berkeley, and University of Pennsylvania. Jim has also been an advisor to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Urban Affairs Project Group in Paris, France, and a consultant to the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. Jim has testified on numerous occasions before the United States Congress and has appeared on many new outlets including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, MSNBC, FOX News, PBS, and others.