Bruce Katz: Vice President, Brookings Institution

Guru BanavarBruce Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, which aims to provide decision makers in the public, corporate and civic sectors with policy ideas for improving the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitans areas. Bruce regularly advises federal, state, regional and municipal leaders on policy reforms that advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas in topics critical to the next economy, including fostering innovation, taking advantage of the clean economy, growing exports, and creating broad-based opportunity. He counsels on shifting demographic and market trends as well as on policies that are critical to metropolitan prosperity and new forms of metropolitan governance.

Currently, Bruce leads two signature initiatives at Brookings: the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, which presents fiscally-responsible state policies and practical metropolitan-led solutions that leaders can use to create the next economy; and the Global Cities Initiative, a Joint Project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase, which helps American city and metropolitan leaders become more “globally fluent,” expand the global reach of their economies, and create an international network of global cities that naturally trade and grow together.

Bruce gives dozens of lectures and presentations annually in the United States before public, corporate, civic and university audiences. Recently, he lectured about urban and metropolitan issues in countries such as Canada, China, Germany, Turkey, Great Britain, Italy and South Africa. In 2006, he received the prestigious Heinz Award in Public Policy for his contributions to understanding the “function and values of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly influencing their economic vitality, livability and sustainability.”

Bruce is the editor or co-editor of several books on urban and metropolitan issues, and his commentaries and articles have appeared in a wide range of publications.

After the 2008 presidential election, Bruce co-led the housing and urban transition team for the Obama Administration and served as a senior advisor to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Shaun Donovan, for the first 100 days of the Administration. He is also a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Before joining Brookings, Bruce served as Chief of Staff to Henry G. Cisneros, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has also served as the staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. Bruce is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.