Alanna McCargo

Alanna McCargo

Vice President, Housing Finance Policy

There is nothing more powerful for policymakers, business leaders, advocates, and consumers than access to relevant, timely, and objective data. At Urban, we put the right information into the right hands at the right time to shape social and economic policy. I am thrilled to work with this esteemed team of researchers to bring powerful data, analytics, and thought leadership on complex housing policy to the forefront, helping stakeholders in the housing ecosystem connect the dots and make better-informed policy and economic decisions.


Alanna McCargo is vice president for housing finance policy at the Urban Institute, where she focuses on management, development, and strategy for the Housing Finance Policy Center, including the cultivation of innovative partnerships within Urban and with external stakeholders.

McCargo has over 20 years of experience in housing finance, policy, and financial services. She has worked in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors on programs, policies, and research to improve access to housing and mortgage finance. Before joining Urban, McCargo was head of CoreLogic Government Solutions, working with federal and state government agencies, regulators, government-sponsored enterprises, think tanks, and universities to deliver custom data, analytics, and technology solutions to support housing and consumer policy research. Previously, McCargo held leadership roles with Chase and Fannie Mae, managing portfolios, policy efforts, and mortgage servicing transformation and alignment. From 2008 to 2011, she was an agent of the US Treasury Department on housing programs, such as Making Home Affordable and Hardest Hit Funds, working with industry stakeholders on the recovery.

McCargo serves on nonprofit boards and committees, focusing on her passion for helping underserved populations with financial literacy, economic stability, and housing security. She works with Doorways for Women and Families, Women in Housing and Finance, and DC Habitat for Humanity.

McCargo has a BA in communications from the University of Houston, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

Centers & Initiatives

Housing Finance Policy Center