Jim Parrott is a senior fellow with the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he ensures that the analytic work being done plays a role in the major policy discussions of the day, giving Urban a seat at the table with leaders and stakeholders working to shape the future of the nation's housing policy.
Before joining Urban in 2013, Parrott served for several years in the White House as a senior advisor at the National Economic Council, where he led the team of advisors charged with counseling President Barack Obama and the cabinet on housing issues. He was on point for developing the Obama administration’s major housing policy positions; articulating and defending those positions with Congress, the press, and the public; and counseling White House leadership on related communications and legislative strategy. He was previously counsel to Secretary Shaun Donovan at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, advising on a range of housing finance issues.
Parrott has a BA from the University of North Carolina, an MA from the University of Washington, and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.