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 his time at HUD, Mr. Costa served as Senior Vice President for a private real estate investment firm, Director of Policy for the USA First Political Action Committee, and Teach for America (TFA) corps member. Mr. Costa earned his juris doctor from Harvard Law School, master's degree from the University of Oxford, and bachelor's degree from Yale University.
Friday, September 20, 2019
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 202AB
The 2017 tax reform package authorized the designation of Opportunity Zones and the creation of Qualified Opportunity Funds. This program is intended to stabilize and revitalize distressed neighborhoods and surrounding communities and allows individual and…