Carnegie Mellon University

Vice President and Director of Metropolitan Policy, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC


An innovative leader in the field of progressive urban policy, Bruce Katz’s vision and impassioned insights are helping reshape and revitalize many of our nation’s cities. He is the founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Program (MPP) at the Brookings Institution, an initiative that over the past decade has helped cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Maine grow in more inclusive and sustainable ways. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications and articles, including Taking the High Road (2005), Rede.ning Urban and Suburban America (2003), Re.ections on Regionalism (2000).

After graduating from Yale University Law School and serving as an associate at a Washington, D.C. law firm where he specialized in housing and urban development, Mr. Katz served as counsel and eventually sta. director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban A. airs and, later, as the chief of sta. and senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Katz went to the Brookings Institution in 1996.
Mr. Katz is a recipient of the 12th Annual Heinz Award in Public Policy for re-imagining the func­tion and value of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly in.uencing their economic vitality, livability and sustainability. Mr. Katz is currently a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. His immediate projects focus on strengthening metropolitan economies, growing the urban middle class, transforming weak market cities (with London School of Economics), revital­izing older suburbs, and setting the new state competitive agenda.