Vanessa Brown Calder was a policy analyst at Cato Institute, where she focused on social welfare, housing, and urban policy. Calder has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, CNN​.com, National Review Online, Governing, and Real Clear Health. She has been featured in radio and television programming and policy briefings on Capitol Hill.

Previously, Calder was a graduate fellow in welfare studies at The Heritage Foundation, where she analyzed federal housing programs. Her past experience includes planning and development work for local municipalities and consulting for federal agencies.

Calder holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in urban planning from University of Utah, where she graduated summa cum laude. Her graduate thesis focused on the role of incomplete survey data in measuring housing affordability.