Kent Colton serves as president of K. Colton LLC and is a former senior scholar at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. He has more than 30 years of experience as a housing scholar and expert in the field of mortgage finance and housing policy.

Prior to his work with the Joint Center, Kent was the executive vice president and CEO of the National Association of Home Builders, a position he held from 1984 to 1999. Before that, he served as an executive vice president of Freddie Mac for policy, planning and economic research. He was a member of the Millennial Housing Commission, and staff director of the President's Commission on Housing.

Colton previously was a professor of public management and finance at Brigham Young University's Graduate School of Management, and associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

A graduate of Utah State University, Colton received an M.P.A. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from MIT. He has written numerous articles and books on housing finance, the secondary mortgage market, housing policy and a range of management issues, and is the author of Housing in the Twenty-First Century: Achieving Common Ground.