Kent W. Colton


Kent Colton

Kent W. Colton is a senior scholar at the Harvard University and MIT Joint Center for Housing Studies, and president of a housing consulting company. Colton has been an expert in the housing industry for more than 30 years, including experience serving as CEO of the National Association of Home Builders for 15 years, and as staff director of President Ronald Reagan’s Commission on Housing.

He previously served as a professor at Brigham Young University and an associate professor at MIT. He received a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a doctorate in urban studies from MIT.

In 2010, he returned from serving as mission president of the Florida Tampa Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Kathryn, have five children.