Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and his wife Madame Lao An pose with Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan (L) prior to a luncheon April 6, in Century City (REUTERS).

Past Event

Engage and Lead: A Conversation with Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan

February 10, 2015

On February 10, The Brookings Institution hosted Richard Riordan to discuss his experiences in leadership roles, his new book The Mayor (Post Hill Press) and his wide-ranging interests that include national security issues.

  • In the News

    We now have to turn to a mode of “intelligent austerity” and take advantage of the low interest rates to invest in infrastructure, human capital (…) those are socially profitable investments.

    May 7, 2015, Ernesto Talvi, World Economic Forum
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    People are very interested in investing in education right now, partly because it’s a tough job market. They can’t find work, and also to get the jobs they’d like to have, they need more skills.

    November 27, 2012, Karen Dynan, The Washington Post
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    Leaders must be very intentional in raising the skills and education levels of the fastest-growing portions of our population. Our global competitiveness, our innovative capacities, will hinge on our ability to arm Latinos, Asians and African Americans with the skills and tools they need to thrive in our economy.

    October 10, 2012, Amy Liu, Nashville Business Journal
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    There are a lot of steps between when the raw data are collected and we end up with estimates of the unemployment rate, where either mistakes or purposeful manipulation could affect things. But the people in the Bureau of Labor Statistics are much more loyal to their professional duties than they are to the person who happens to be holding office at the time, and who may not be there in six month’s time.

    October 5, 2012, Gary Burtless, National Public Radio
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    To keep pace with the growth in [America's] working-age population, employers need to add between 90,000 and 100,000 jobs every month.

    June 15, 2012, Gary Burtless, Xinhua