Bruce J. Katz

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Bruce Katz
Born (1959-06-21) June 21, 1959 (age 61)

Bruce Katz (born June 21, 1959, Brooklyn, New York, United States) graduated with a B.A. from Brown University in 1981. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1985. Until recently he was the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. He founded and previously served as 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 metropolitan areas.[1]


Katz advises federal, state, and local leaders on shifting demographic and market trends as well as on policies that are critical to metropolitan prosperity (e.g., innovation, human capital, infrastructure, housing) and new forms of metropolitan governance. After Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, Katz co-led the housing and urban transition team and served as a senior advisor to Shaun Donovan, the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, for the first 100 days of the Obama administration.[2]

Katz has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics [3] and in 2006 won the 12th Annual Heinz Award for Public Policy.[4] He was recognized for his work “re-imagining the function and value of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly influencing their economic vitality, livability and sustainability”.[5] In 2011, Katz was named a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.[6]

He served as Chief of Staff to Henry Cisneros, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, from 1993 to 1996 [7] and previously served as Senior Counsel and then Staff director of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Katz was the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution.[8]

Katz is currently the Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University. He is the co-author with Jeremy Nowak of The New Localism.[9]


  1. ^ "Bruce Katz". 29 April 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
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  3. ^ "LSE Housing and Communities - Events". Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2009-06-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The Heinz Awards :: Bruce Katz". Retrieved 9 August 2017.
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  7. ^ Engelberg, Stephen (28 July 1993). "HUD'S CHIEF SEEKS WIDE NEW POWERS". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Bruce Katz". 29 April 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  9. ^ "The New Localism". 6 April 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.

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