Director, Drexel University
Bruce Katz is the Founding Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University in
Philadelphia. Previously he served as inaugural Centennial Scholar at Brookings Institution and
as vice president and founding director of Brooking’s Metropolitan Policy Program for 20 years.
He is a Visiting Professor in Practice at London School of Economics, and previously served as
chief of staff to the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and staff director of the
Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. Katz also co-led the Obama
administration’s housing and urban transition team. He is coauthor of The New Localism: How
Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism (Brookings Institution Press, 2018) and The
Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile
Economy (Brookings Institution Press, 2013), editor or coeditor of several books on urban and
metropolitan issues, and a frequent media commentator.