Alfonso Costa Jr.
Alfonso Costa Jr. currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary Ben Carson at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In his role, Mr. Costa is responsible for advising the Secretary and overseeing all policy (including regarding Opportunity Zones) carried out by the Department. Mr. Costa represents and leads HUD on the Federal government's Opportunity Zone Council ("White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council") chaired by Secretary Carson. The Council focuses on inter-agency collaboration, targeting of existing resources and programs, and external stakeholder engagement.
Prior to joining HUD, Mr. Costa served as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for Costa Land Company, Director of Policy for the U.S.A. First Political Action Committee, as well as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Costa earned his juris doctor from Harvard Law School, master's degree in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, and bachelor's degree in Political Science (Distinction) from Yale University where he played Division-I Varsity Basketball and Division-I Varsity Lacrosse.