Alan Berube is senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. In this role he coordinates and amplifies research from across Brookings Metro on how to strengthen economic opportunity in regions, cities, and communities.
Alan has also authored dozens of Brookings publications on economic and demographic trends in metropolitan areas, social policies affecting families and communities, and the role of cities in a globalizing economy. He is co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America (Brookings Press, 2013).
Prior to joining Brookings in 2001, Alan was a policy advisor in the Office of Community Development Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, and a researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University. In 2004 Alan served as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the UK Treasury, focusing on mixed-income housing policy. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Cristina and daughter Erica.
Too often cities fail to use... [tax] incentives strategically, or they spread them around like peanut butter.
It’s up to the city to soften the blow of runaway incomes and housing prices so the city doesn’t, in a sense, lose its identity as a progressive and diverse place — that’s part of what makes San Francisco successful.
The places that have high inequality almost by definition have a small middle class. There’s this crater in the middle; they’re trying to keep their cities affordable and livable for the middle class.