Senior Advisor and Director
John Ross was named Senior Advisor and Director of the Office of EDF in the fall of 2003. In this capacity, he advises the CFO on all tax increment and PILOT financing projects entered into by the District. He has overseen the financing of three hotels, two mixed use developments, two theaters, and one arena. He also develops financing packages for major public-private economic development projects including the recently completed baseball stadium and the Convention Center Headquarters Hotel.
Ross represents the OCFO on the boards of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority and Destination DC.
Before joining the District, Ross was Director of the Division of Economic Development and Public Finance for HUD. His responsibilities included directing the yearly National Urban Policy Report, designing and managing the urban and economic development research program for the Department, and advising HUD Secretary and senior policy advisors on national urban issues. Ross has also taught economics and urban policy at Central Michigan, Virginia Tech, the University of Maryland and American University. He has over 30 years of experience in housing and economic development and has written six books and over 20 professional articles. Ross has testified as an expert witness before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and was a Legis Fellow with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. He was the U.S. Delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and was a Vivien Steward Fellow to the Department of Land Economics of the University of Cambridge.
Ross holds a BS degree from the University of Maryland and a Doctorate in Economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.