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Christiana McFarland

Research Director

National League of Cities


Christiana K. McFarland is the Research Director of the National League of Cities, the nation’s largest advocacy, resource and research organization dedicated to strengthening cities. She directs the organization’s research agenda and conducts NLC’s major research initiatives, including City Fiscal Conditions and State of the Cities. She also oversees NLC’s Local Democracy Initiative, Public Sector Retirement Initiative and the research collaborative with the state municipal leagues. McFarland has been with NLC since 2001, and prior to her post as Research Director, launched NLC’s finance and economic development program, focused on supporting municipal leadership and outcomes in economic development, workforce development and municipal finance.  Christy has a B.A. in Political Science and Economics and Master of Public Policy from The George Washington University. She is a PhD candidate in regional economic development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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