James Carras bio

James Carras bio

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy





Assistant: Veronica Chapman



James Carras is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy. For over twenty-five years, as Principal of Carras Community Investment, Inc., he has concentrated on designing and implementing responses and solutions for community and economic development opportunities.  Mr. Carras is recognized nationally for the creation and expansion of over fifty development financial institutions and community investment initiatives. He has served as the Founding Executive Director of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, the Founding President of the Broward Housing Partnership and the South Florida Community Land Trust. Prior to establishing his consulting business, he served as a Community Development Advisor to the Mayor of Boston and was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group where he was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship.

Mr. Carras was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Sociology from Suffolk University in Boston, completed graduate work at Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and received a Master’s Degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Public Administration.  He is certified by the National Development Council (NDC) as an Economic Development Finance Professional.