Director of Field Operations
My ongoing commitment to civil rights, and particularly housing, continues to be strengthened by evidence gathered about the challenges Americans may face when looking for a home. Although housing discrimination may be less explicit than it once was, we must continue to shed light on its various forms, and help identify next steps for protecting and enforcing the rights of all homeseekers.
Claudia Aranda is a research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She is currently director of field operations, where she focuses on housing discrimination, fair housing, and housing market research. Her most recent projects include the Housing Discrimination Study 2012, funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which measured the differential treatment experienced by black, Hispanic, and Asian homeseekers; Aranda and her team managed the data-collection effort in the rental and sales markets of 28 metropolitan areas. In addition to identifying housing market practices that present barriers for ethnic and racial minorities, her ongoing work investigates discrimination on the basis of other personal and household characteristics, including familial status, source of income, and disability. She works closely with fair housing and other advocacy and community organizations across the country, helping implement best practices in testing methodologies, field staff recruitment, and management.
Aranda rejoined Urban in 2010 after serving as an education and legal consultant in her hometown of El Paso, Texas. She has held numerous positions in public interest and civil rights organizations, including the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York, where she represented children in foster care, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she conducted research on predatory home mortgage lending. She is an alumna of Stanford University and Columbia Law School.