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Vanessa Brown Calder is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, where she focuses on social welfare, housing, and urban policy. Previously, Calder was a graduate fellow in welfare studies at The Heritage Foundation, where she analyzed the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and Chicago’s housing voucher program. Calder has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily,, and National Review Online and consulted for a nonpartisan state policy think tank. Much of her experience is in environmental consulting for the energy industry, urban planning for local municipalities, and international development for a humanitarian organization.

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, which was selected for showcase, focused on the role of incomplete survey data in measuring housing affordability.