Bruce J. Katz is the inaugural Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution, where he focuses on the challenges and opportunities of global urbanization. Katz assumed this cross-institution role in January 2016 after 20 years as the vice president and co-director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, which he founded in 1996. He is also co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013), which argues that cities have become the vanguard of policy innovation and problem-solving in the United States and the world.
As Brookings’s only centennial scholar, Katz and his team collaborate with experts throughout Brookings and beyond to develop new models of finance, growth, and governance in cities and nations. He regularly advises cross-sector metropolitan, national, and global leaders on public reforms and private innovations that advance the well-being of metropolitan areas and their countries.
Katz heads the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking, a collaboration with the New York-based Project for Public Spaces focused on cross-disciplinary approaches to city building. He is also one of the leaders of the Brookings Project on 21st Century City Governance.
Before joining Brookings, Katz served as chief of staff to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and was the senior counsel and then staff director for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. In 2008, he co-led the housing and urban issues transition team for the Obama Administration and served as a senior advisor to the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan for the first 100 days of the administration.
In 2006, he received the prestigious 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 is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.
In 2006, he received the prestigious 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.”
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RT @upclosepodcast: What is key to #innovation districts that succeed? We speak to urban thinker Julie Wagner upclose.unimelb.edu.au/episode/405-wh… @unim…— Bruce Katz (@bruce_katz) Monday, October 23, 2017
In a speech that went around the world, Katz kept returning to Spokane and its ability to shape its future. "The main message is, 'It's up to you,'" he said. "The cavalry's not coming. It's really not coming. … The power is here. The future is here."
“This is the way the world thinks about innovation; they don’t think about countries or states or metropolitan areas, or even cities, they think about districts,” he said. “You have that now, and you need to play it out.” [Report release event: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city]
Bruce Katz of Brookings said Oakland, with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, could become a “playground of innovation” through a partnership recommended in the report. The InnovatePGH partnership would feature collaboration between the city, universities, entrepreneurs and corporations to nurture high-tech business. [Report release event: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city]
“You were a ‘first mover’ around steel and that had dramatic multiplier effects across the economy,” Bruce Katz, a scholar at Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, told some 200 people at a conference in the Hill District. “And we’re saying you can do it again. You can do this.” [Report release event: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city]
"What startups need when they're coming out of a university or just generally emerging is they need an ecosystem," Katz said. "They need access to some capital. They need access to mentoring. They usually need, like, a co-working space. They need a community that basically is supporting them." [Report release event: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city]
"You happen to be the world's best naturally occurring innovation district, so you could just wait for everyone to copy you and mimic what you already have, or you could say 'We're going to take our starting point and move it one step beyond,'" Katz said. "'We're going to make Oakland a living laboratory for technological deployment.' When people enter Oakland, they're going to know that they've entered a playground of innovation that doesn't just work for the techies, but for the broader community." [Report release event: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city]