Christiana K. McFarland is the research director for the National League of Cities, co-author of NLC's annual City Fiscal Conditions survey, and principal researcher on economic development and city-state governance issues. Before becoming research director, she launched NLC's finance and economic-development program, focused on supporting city outcomes in small business development, workforce development, global competitiveness and municipal finance.

McFarland has a bachelor's degree in political science and economics and a master's degree in public policy from The George Washington University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in urban planning and regional economic development from Virginia Tech.

April 8, 2019

For the Housing Crisis, Cities and States Need Each Other

Constructive relationships and complementary policies are emerging in the quest for affordability.
May 1, 2017

The Nuanced New World of Economic Development Incentives

Beyond the black-and-white debates of the past, local governments are taking strengths, weaknesses and social equity into account.
July 15, 2016

Racism and the Progress of Our Cities

More than ever, mayors understand the threats their communities face from inequality, discrimination and violence.
May 20, 2016

The Fiscal Tools Cities Need to Pay for Infrastructure

They no longer can count on Washington or their states. They need the authority to find creative local solutions.