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Bruce Katz


Bruce Katz is the founding director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University. Previously, he was a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. He is co-author of the 2018 book The New Localism, examining how power is shifting from national to local governments, as well as the 2013 book The Metropolitan Revolution, a distillation of his work on the emerging metropolitan-led "next economy" and its practitioners around the country working to produce more and better jobs driven by innovation, exports and sustainability.

Katz regularly advises federal, state, regional and municipal leaders on policy reforms that advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas. He counsels on shifting demographic and market trends as well as on policies critical to metropolitan prosperity and new forms of metropolitan governance. After the 2008 presidential election, he co-led the housing and urban-issues transition team for the Obama administration and served as a senior advisor to new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan for the first 100 days of the administration.

Katz, who serves on Arctaris Impact Investors’ Board of Advisors, gives dozens of lectures and presentations annually in the United States and other countries before public, corporate, civic and university audiences. In 2006, he received the Heinz Award in Public Policy for his contributions to the understanding of the "function and values of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly influencing their economic vitality, livability and sustainability."

Katz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

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