Bruce Katz is a Vice President at the Brookings Institution and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. The program seeks to redefine the challenges facing cities and metropolitan areas by publishing cutting-edge research on major demographic, market, development, and governance trends.
Mr. Katz regularly advises national, state, regional, and municipal leaders on policy reforms that advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas. He focuses particularly on reforms that promote the revitalization of central cities and older suburbs and enhance the ability of these places to attract, retain, and grow the middle class. Recently, he served on the Obama transition team, and as a Senior Advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. In 2006, Bruce received the prestigious Heinz Award in Public Policy for his contributions to urban and metropolitan America. In 2009, he received the Penn Institute for Urban Research Leadership Award, which is awarded annually to urban leaders who have made outstanding contributions to urban scholarship and to building cities that successfully respond to the challenges of the 21st Century.
Mr. Katz is a frequent writer and commentator on urban and metropolitan issues. He is the editor or co-editor of several books on transportation, demographics, and regionalism. His op-eds and articles have appeared in a wide range of major national and regional newspapers including The Atlantic Monthly, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, BusinessWeek, Christian Science Monitor, Hartford Courant, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. Mr. Katz frequently appears on TV and radio, including National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, PBS’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and CNN.
Before joining Brookings, Mr. Katz served as Chief of Staff to Henry G. Cisneros, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Katz has also served as the staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. He is also a Visiting Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.
Mr. Katz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.
The Great Recession has dramatically disrupted the lives and livelihoods of tens of millions of Americans through battered industries, lost jobs, foreclosed homes, declining incomes and diminished wealth. Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, will discuss the broad forces affecting our country and argue that metro economies like Seattle can lead the way forward to national prosperity that is sustained and shared. He will contend that Seattle and other metros need a new kind of partner in Washington, D.C. and their state capitals if the promise and potential of our MetroNation is to be realized.